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Shopping Avoca in Dublin– Candy-colored woolens from one of the world’s oldest mills

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If you think that Irish woolens are all about natural hues like the classic Aran fisherman’s sweater, then you haven’t been to Avoca.

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca baby wraps

Soft baby blankets, 45 euros.

Like an Anthropologie on steroids, Avoca has fabulous homespun designs in a slew of irresistible candy colors– except you won’t find anything made in China here. Avoca is one of the world’s oldest surviving manufacturing companies (and the oldest in Ireland), with a mill that dates back to 1723, and incredibly, is still family owned and run.

Bringing the memory of your past home with you

Fellow writer Mariellen of the inspiring adventure travel blog BreatheDreamGo.com had some luck shopping at Avoca– she bought a stunning orange and pink shawl.  Like many before her, Mariellen came to Ireland “to follow the goosebump trail” to her ancestral home in Ireland.

BWv9L-kCUAEHjMII love this image of Mariellen wrapped in her shawl, made by a mill with a 300 year legacy, while reconnecting to her past by standing in the footsteps of her ancestors who left Ireland’s Port of Cobh in 1800, knowing they would never see their country or kin again.

Read all about Mariellen’s emotional journey in these two beautifully written and moving posts, part one here and part two here. Warning– you may shed a tear by the end!

Shopping at one of the world’s oldest mills, Avoca

Even those without ancestral ties to Ireland can still appreciate a business that has managed to thrive for three centuries without slipping into corporate hands.  Supporting Avoca is easy– their woolens and other goods are based on traditional patterns but designed for modern times– and are completely irresistible.  What didn’t I want to buy?

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca wool socks

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca wool sheep

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca wool sc

Scarves, 30 euros.

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca wool throws

lambswool throws, 50 euros.

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca soap

soaps, 5 euros.

souvenir shopping Dublin Avoca pom pom hats

pom pom hats, 30 euros.

I came out of Avoca with lots of gifts for friends and some cute knee-high socks for me.  Perfect to wear with wellies and a bargain at 13 euros.

Be sure to check out the delicious cafe upstairs featuring all local dishes– I can recommend the Castletownbere crab salad.

Have you been shopping at Avoca or shopping in Dublin?  Share your favorites in the comments below!

Thanks to Mariellen of BreatheDreamGo for sharing her photo and story.

Dublin Souvenir Shopping Details:
Avoca
11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin (conveniently located right next to the tourist center)

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Hit the Park, Shop for Knits, Get a Drink– the perfect Dublin Itinerary
Shopping Dublin, Ireland:  Sheridans Cheesemonger for the best in local Irish cheese
Shopping Dublin: Refined Irish design all wrapped up at Bow
Where to shop in Dublin for great dresses and jewelry by Irish indie and vintage designers

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Mariana Romero

Friday 9th of April 2021

I cannot wait to visit the place!!!!!! Once the pandemic is over, I will definitely visit you. Greetings from Mexico City

Kristin Francis

Thursday 15th of April 2021

It's pretty special, can't wait for the day when this will be a reality again!

Bev Burr

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Throws Inn the shop in Dublin are now €168 Way out of my budget

Kristin Francis

Thursday 25th of October 2018

Hi Bev, thanks for the update! That does seem pricey! I'd probably stick with a scarf, mittens or socks.

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Friday 19th of January 2018

[…] and women’s fashions. I recognized a few of the brands (I was thrilled to see cast offs from Avoca, an Irish shop that I wrote about here). Prices were about 50% […]

Alice Pledge Nelson

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Please tell me the sheep magnets are still available.

Tiffany

Sunday 20th of July 2014

I know this thread is frm last year, but I just wanted to chime in and say that I agree with you 100% about the quality of the goods in Avoca. I recently traveled to Dublin for a conference and stumbled into this gem of a store. I've had two delicious meals there (the seafood sampler is EXCELLENT) and they have textiles in rich colors that I haven't seen in any other stores. I also talked to locals who confirmed that Avoca is outstanding. I've been traveling around the country but am headed back to Dublin to fly out soon. You can best believe that I'll be picking up souvenirs for myself--I mean family--at Avoca.

Kristin Francis

Sunday 20th of July 2014

Hi Tiffany, thanks so much for leaving your comments-- always love it when readers agree with me! : ) That cafe is ridiculous-- I could have eaten all my meals there! I love all my woolens I've bought at Avoca, and it's just an all-around fun shopping experience. If you're going to be back in Dublin, check out Cleo's too (I have another post about them). Not nearly as big and colorful as Avoca, but they also have only local designers, and they were fun to look through too- I love my tartan messenger bag from there.