In Ireland

John O’ Brien Clothing & Accessories


John O’Brien’s shop is packed to the brim with yarn and gorgeous wool sweaters.  I learned that different families, or clans,  have different sweater patterns.  The Aran Sweater takes its name from the set of islands off the West coast of Ireland, not far from Galway.  Each clan created their own pattern which passed down from generation to generation.

Check out this video to learn more about the history of Aran sweaters:


Items in Ireland have a VAT/sales tax already included in the price of your purchase. Non EU residents are entitled to claim their VAT/sales tax on goods they export from the EU.  In some shops you are able to get the tax deducted at the time of purchase, you just have to ask. For more information and to get a card, visit


We did a lot of research for the show! Though we couldn’t visit every destination, we did want to show you what else we found.

O’Reilly Turpin
Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo

Just down the street from John O’Brien’s is a wonderful shop known for supporting Irish craft and design. They offer a nice variety of jewelry and pottery as well as artwork made from wood and metal.  If you are looking for souvenirs that showcase Irish craftsmanship, you may enjoy your visit to O’Reilly & Turpin.

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