Archive for April 2014 | Monthly archive page

Apr 30

National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish and European art (and also some very smart pieces from artysmarty!). Opening its doors for the first time in 1864 (yikes), the Merrion Square based gallery can boast an extensive collection of over 14,000 art works including 2,500 oil paintings, 5,000 drawings, sculptures and even pieces of furniture. Due to ongoing renovation at the Merrion Square entrance, the only entrance open to the public is the Clare Street entrance. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the Clare Street entrance leaves you right beside the National Gallery of Ireland Shop.

Clare Street Entrance

The shop is located in the gallery’s Millenium Wing, which is just a few steps away from the Clare Street Entrance. This huge shop has so much to offer, so don’t be put off by the small range of products available on their website. You really have to go there to experience the full range of their books, gifts and craft works.

Inside the National Gallery of Ireland

If you’re a lover of browsing culturally stimulating products, and I know you are, pop in to the National Gallery of Ireland’s on site store and you’ll be in your element! Wow, that’s amazeballs So, skip the website and head down to enjoy shopping in the home of Irish and European art in Ireland.  You’ll find some beautiful jewellery pieces from yours truly so you know it’ll be time well spent.  Not only that, all sales from the gallery shop, goes in to sustaining its outstanding reputation in the art world.  Double positive! If you’re interested in finding out more about the shop or the gallery, contact them at -(+353) 01 6633518 – Email: -or visit their website If you’d like to hear more about the updates and goings on at artysmarty, and avail of exclusive coupons and offers, sign up to the newsletter here!

Apr 22

Granny likes it and so do we!

Once in a while a shop comes along that really catches you’re eye and makes you want to splash the cash! This is exactly what My Shop… Granny Likes It has done.

This beautiful shop in the centre of Galway, prides itself on showing off the best of Irish products and design! They stock ceramics, glass works, jewellery, pieces of art and nifty gifties for any occasion.

My Shop’s history is diverse and innovative, before the opening of the shop in 2013 there were a number of My Shop pop up shops around Galway, Armagh and Belfast. It was the success of these pop up shops that resulted in the permanent shop in Galway. They’re city centre location is perfect for people looking for authentic design that is supporting the Irish craft tradition around the country.

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My Shop has been so successful that The Irish Times named them as one of the Top 50 Shops in Ireland! Only months after opening!!


If you would like to know more about My Shop… Granny Likes It see their…

Facebook Page: Here! Twitter: Here!

Or even pop in for a visit: 38 Upper Abbeygate St, Galway, Ireland

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