15 Irish Businesses I’ve Tried and Tested –


Final calendar year, I place together a record of Irish suppliers from whom I have acquired and tried and analyzed items – I’m including a handful of a lot more to it this calendar year, as the inclination to try to help nearby companies continues. There’s nothing at all like a crisis to deliver persons together, and it’s heartening to see the work folks have been earning to purchase Irish, aid regional organizations, and spread the word about fantastic Irish gifts again this 12 months.

There are fantastic present guides out there from bloggers and in newspapers and magazines, and this is my smaller contribution – a gift guideline with just 15 Irish sellers, but all people or companies I’ve bought from. So it’s quick, but they’re all particular suggestions, and all merchandise I’ve loved.

Queen B Athletics

For lovely, gentle sweatshirts in brilliant colours, and for leggings, sporting activities bras, and t-shirts, you simply cannot go erroneous with Irish clothes business Queen B Athletics. Owned and operate by two sisters from Carrigaline, Co. Cork, Queen B clothing is exciting and practical and fairly priced. Observe them on Instagram (@QueenBAthletics ) to keep up to date with aspects on pop-up shops, or check out their site to obtain on the web. I have the Jessie sweatshirt and completely enjoy it. My sisters personal fairly a great deal each individual other merchandise they offer, which include the hats, so I can attest to the great excellent. (And I have my eye on the Anna sweatshirt in ice-blue, in situation anyone is wondering what to acquire me for Xmas . . .)


I bought my husband a “Damien’s Cheese” slate cheese board from Slated a few of yrs in the past which was, inspite of the engraving, truly a current for me as well. A great deal cheese has been eaten from this board about the previous two many years, and Slated have lovely tableware and tea mild holders way too. I went to school with Tara who, with her husband, operates Slated, and I’m often delighted to assistance this lovely company.

Slated Office Mum

Ger Holland Photography 

Ger Holland is a Dublin-primarily based photographer, at first from Galway, and she is usually requested to photograph at literary functions in Ireland and over and above. Sadly, because February 2020, most literary gatherings have had to shift on the net, but Ger is offering calendars and prints while we wait for matters to open up once again. I brought a print of Seville from her last year, and it has satisfaction of location on my eating area wall. Also, Ger is an unquestionably next-to-none variety, wonderful person.

Ger Holland Office Mum Andrea Mara

Emily Rainsford Art

Emily Rainsford is a blogger buddy I initially achieved 7 a long time in the past, and whilst I knew she painted, I did not realise until eventually last year that her paintings are for sale on Etsy. I fell in like with the painting under when I noticed it, ordered it, and it arrived a couple of times later on in lovely packaging. Now all it requirements is a beautiful frame and fifteen months afterwards, I have at last sent it off to do just that. (PS if you are in South Dublin, Fuji Blackrock are Wonderful for any kind of  photo printing or framing and have amazing cusotmer support.)

Emily Rainsford Art - Andrea Mara Office Mum


I only learned Dublin-based Jam Art Prints last 12 months (thanks to my sister), and my daughter, who was looking in excess of my shoulder at the time, requested for a print for Xmas. I decided to obtain a person for my office environment far too, and obtained this a single:

There is a substantial wide range of prints for sale on the web-site and supply was very prompt. I will be back.


I have been a fan of MaryK Jewellery  for the final couple yrs – an Irish designer marketing in area stores (like Halo Glasthule) and on-line. I’m building a selection!

Mary K

Appreciate From Me

LoveFromMe.ie is owned and operate by Louise from Galway – an on the web jewelry retail store with gorgeous merchandise and frequent sales. When I purchased the rose-gold bangle, it was decreased to 49 cents. I bought 4 of them! Louise is lovely, the jewelry arrives incredibly instantly and is beautifully packaged. If you’ve currently acquired all your gifts this calendar year, possibly you have to have a handle for you?

Love From Me

Kinvara Skincare

In my ongoing quest to experiment with new skincare manufacturers and merchandise, I recently experimented with Kinvara Skincare. I like their oil cleanser and will surely be again to attempt extra. Rapid supply, attractive packaging, would make a fantastic reward for somebody else or just for you…

Sculpted by Aimee

There is a Dunnes Stores that’s in strolling length from me, and for the duration of lockdown, some of my many walks took me there, particularly to browse via their skincare and make-up division. That is in this article I discovered Sculpted by Aimee – a make-up manufacturer started in 2016 by Irish make-up artist Aimee Connolly. I acquired the concealer first, as a moderately-priced different to the Bobby Brown concealer I commonly use, and much more a short while ago I acquired the moisturiser/ primer. I’ll absolutely acquire each all over again, and supporting an Irish brand name is an extra bonus. The products are incredibly prettily packaged and readily available in Boots, pharmacies, Dunnes, and on-line.

Sculpted by Aimee


I’d been arranging to acquire a decent set of make-up brushes for a when when I read about NimaBrush. Owned by Dublin-based make-up artist Niamh Martin, Nima is my new go-to place for makeup brushes. I bought the Introduction Established a handful of months back, and I love making use of them. Perfect for the makeup fan in your lifetime.

Nima Brushes

Irish Whiskey Stone Organization

Searching MagnumLady’s Craft reward guideline last 12 months, I noticed Irish Whiskey Stones and made a decision to invest in their Father Ted stone “ice” cubes as a reward for my dad. They occur in a cute small reward box, and are specifically what I’d anticipated, and there was a very little sticker on the envelope declaring, “Thanks for supporting my little business”. This calendar year, that’s what it’s all about.

Irish Whiskey Stones

Sheridan’s Cheese Hamper

When my sister’s would-be-wedding-date arrived all around in April 2020, in our to start with number of months of lockdown, we required to mark it in some way, so despatched a Sheridan’s hamper to her and her fiancé. Sheridans were amazing to deal with (I needed to transform supply day) and the hamper looked lovely. I can not inform you how it tasted mainly because my sister and her fiancé ate it all themselves – to be good, we were being in deep lockdown and not permitted to see each other. But our weekly grocery browsing address is Sheridan’s cheese from the counter in Dunnes, so I can undoubtedly suggest. (Specifically the chutney.)


Beekon is a honey refresher consume – as they say on their Instagram: Not a beer. Not a cider. Not a wine
No gluten, sulphites or additives. It was founded by an individual I know a couple of yrs back and it is been going from toughness to strength thanks to her and her partner’s challenging do the job and enthusiasm, and in no modest component, thanks to how delightful the beverages taste. You can buy Beekon in many supermarkets and off-licences – listed here is a list of stockists. You can also purchase it by the scenario on the Beekon web-site. Consume responsibly! PS if you’re interested in acquiring a situation on the net, Beekon have given me a 10% discount code: OFFICEMUM

Skelligs chocolate

I uncovered Skelligs chocolate when we ordered some new doorways and on completion of the purchase, we ended up provided a box of Skelligs sweets. They had been incredibly delicious – the joint-ideal candies I have at any time experienced (see underneath for the other) and I regarded as buying additional doorways to get much more candies, even though it’s significantly less expensive to just buy the chocolate directly. Based in Kerry, Skelligs have a thorough range available to get on the internet and from these stockists.

Skellig Chocolates - Office Mum

Lir chocolate

My other favorite chocolate is Lir. Disclaimer: Lir sent me a hamper of chocolate three years back, and I grew to become a loyal (shelling out) buyer as quickly as the hamper was gone. Their Salted Caramel Truffles are to die for and their Discovery Collection makes a quite fairly and delightful reward.

Lir Chocolate - Office Mum

Books by Irish authors 

This closing entry on the record is not about one particular particular solution or just one specific e book, but another way to invest in Irish is to give someone a e-book penned by an Irish author. I won’t consider to propose any particular books right here as there are way too many, and I’m certain to depart anyone out, so rather I’ve additional a photograph of some of the Irish guides on my bookshelf in my bedroom – this is just a little subset of the guides by Irish authors out there from any bookshop.  I’ll never once again just take searching in a bookshop for granted.

Content procuring!

Books by Irish authors - Office Mum Andrea Mara

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