The Best Souvenirs From Ireland
When you visit Ireland, there’s little doubt you’re going to want to take back some kind of souvenir. Or more likely souvenirs because as Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan said,
Moderation, we find, is an extremely difficult thing to get in this country.”
So you’ll most likely want more than one! – just so you can relive the wonderful time you had when you were on your trip.
No matter if you’ve only been once, or you’re a regular visitor to the Emerald Isle, you’re going to want souvenirs that really mean something. Funny leprechaun hats and shamrocks are fine, but they aren’t going to make you smile at the memories in years to come. If you’re wondering just what you buy to take home with you from Ireland next time you come, here are three ideas for the ‘Best Souvenirs from Ireland’ – essentially a taste of Irish Drink, Irish Design and Irish Food.
Irish whiskey is a thing of beauty, and what makes it so unique is that it comes in a variety of different types to suit all budgets and tastes. If you’re already familiar with the kind of whiskey you like because you enjoy buying from ‘The Whisky World‘ then you have a head start, but if you’ve never tasted Irish whiskey before, or even if you know what you want but are thinking of trying something new and different, you might be a little overwhelmed with the selection on offer.
Luckily, there are a number of different places in Ireland that offer some excellent whiskey tasting events. For example the Irish Whiskey Museum or Teelings Whiskey Distillery, both in Dublin or the Jameson Experience in Middleton, Cork.
You can go in a group or by yourself, and be taken through all the nuances of Irish whiskey so you can make a final determination about what you like the best.
For Irish Whiskey inspiration read this article:
Perhaps you’d prefer an Irish Gin, in that case this article should inspire:
For something you can keep for a lifetime, and even pass on down the generations, another idea for the best souvenirs from Ireland has to be a Claddagh ring. This is a traditional piece of Irish jewellery that represents loyalty, friendship, and ultimately love in its various forms. Both men and women wear Claddagh rings, so whether you’re buying it for yourself or someone else, it’s suitable for all.
You’ll instantly recognise the Claddagh ring; it’s a ring consisting of a crown (for loyalty), clasped hands (for friendship), and a heart (for love). Some are extraordinarily intricate, and others are simpler in design, so you’ll always be able to find a Claddagh ring that works for you and your aesthetic.
Ireland might not be the first country you think of when you consider where the best chocolate comes from, but just because it’s not as well-known as Swiss or Belgian confectionery, that doesn’t mean it isn’t as good – in fact, many in Ireland would say it’s better. That’s backed up by the amount of chocolate the Irish eat too; in 2017 each individual ate an average of 17 pounds of chocolate!
Ireland makes some delicious milk chocolate that you really must taste when you’re there and then bring back home to remind you of Ireland once your visit is over. The secret is the milk itself; since the dairy cows have the lushest green grass to eat all year round, and this produces the creamiest milk.
Chocolate we love include: Bean and Goose as featured in this Irish Designed gift ideas article, and the Proper Chocolate Co. based in Glasnevin, Dublin.
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