This is one of the top shops to shop at in Ireland. At least in Dublin. They advertise it everywhere. They advertise Tax Free as well. But, that is not all that easy. We will come back to that in a moment though.
It is a great store and I actually visited a few of them around the large city of Dublin.
i am a sucker for spending $$ when it comes to shopping.
When you walk in to this store ,they have 2 floors and so much to choose from.
You could find something for everyone on your list here.
Just proving how many visitors come into Dublin. Tourism I think is one of the biggest industries here. As well as the Guinness Production.
They have the usual cheap tourist stuff, but they have a lot of really high end nice items as well. No Waterford Crystal or anything like that, but lots of other things such as some lovely knitted garments ,made out of Irish Merino Sheep.
I bought a sweater and wore it instead of my coat , as it was warmer than my coat.
Lots and lots to choose from. You will enjoy this shop, most certainly.
The whole thing with the Tax Free Business, well you have to buy everything. Then you have to go to the airport and fill everything out and mail it in along with your credit card info.
I decided not to do it. I would no longer have my original receipts plus I was taking a lot of time to do it as well.
I just did not have to time nor the inclination to do it all. I just hope that the 23% tax that I paid on everything will go towards helping all the peopole of Ireland. So I am passing it on.
Quantity: 4 - Lots of items
Quality: 4 - Good
Price: 4 - Affordable
Location: 3 - Nice
Service: 4 - Good
Speed: 3 - Good
Overall: Where else do you get your souvenirs?
Lots to choose from. Place is a little tight but they have two floors. Wish I went to the one closer to the bus station so I didn't have to haul two heavy bags of chocolates and souvenirs.
Oh Carrolls home of eyedildy, dyedildy music and all things leprechaun. Much as I pity the people who have to work there and listen to that all day it is really the best place to get Oirishy tat to give to people when going abroad or to give to foreigners arriving... although it is a mark against them that they're probably responsible for all those hen and stag parties wandering around the city wearing those leprechaun hat/beard combos!
As well as many many kinds of leprechaun they have some T-shirts and other clothing items with amusing Irish themed picture and slogans... I've seen CDs and musical instruments there too. However an actual irish person can only spend 8 minutes or less in this shop without going out of their mind!
Sometimes, visitors to Ireland don't want to just bring back some beautiful crystal or linen, or even a hand woven basket created by a blind nun who has dedicated her life to both Jesus and wicker. Enter Carrolls of Dublin, which is filled with Irish tat like leprechaun hats, Guinness magnets and amusing postcards of cattle on a rural road with the faintly insulting words "Irish traffic jam" beneath them.
In fairness to Carrolls, it does have some quite nice t-shirts. They might look a little over-enthusiasticfor all things Irish if you wear them on the streets of Dublin, they will be fine once you get them home. I particularly like the "FCEK - Irish Connection" one.
Carroll's Irish Gifts have many Irish themed and cultral gifts at good prices and often have great deals. Many of the gifts are easy to post and to transport. Also, hint, the security people at the doors are very good at giving directions and are extremely helpful!
You will find a few of these gift shops in Dublin city centre and its made pretty clear its aimed at the tourist types. This particular store is huge and if you walk past it all you can see is green, everything in it seems to be green. They have a massive range of stuff, mainly souvenirs that tourists can take home to remember their visit. The prices are really expensive, and because a pencil has a shamrock on it and the word Ireland the price goes up by about 50%. They have a nice range of Guinness stuff here too, nice t-shirts and things like tankards/beer mats all that kind of stuff.
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