Words: Eva O’Beirne
Seachtain na Gaeilge is a yearly festival that celebrates all aspects of the Irish language to help raise awareness around our mother tongue and culture.
To get in the spirit, how about you check out some of these businesses that embrace Irish in their products? From prints to jewellery, there’s something for everyone regardless of your level of the language. And you get to support local businesses, so it’s a win-win.
There’s nothing like sharing the love, but sharing it in Irish makes it even sweeter. Pick up this tote from Déburca design for any fashionista in your life (or yourself!). In their online store, you can find a large selection of prints and apparel, so why not check it out?
Based in Donegal, the women behind Beanantees, Ciara and Lara have created a range of empowering apparel for Wild Irish Women (or whoever the hell wants to wear them). Centred around female positivity, diversity and feminism, Branantees want everyone to feel good in their clothes with sizes running from xxs to xxxxxl with a unisex fit.
You can shop their online store here.
Aoife Cawley Art
Aoife Cawley is a printmaker and textiles-based artist from Kildare, Ireland. With artwork is centred around stories and people from mythological, biblical and historical contexts, she draws inspiration from Celtic art as well as Catholic iconography.
Her work typically features bold, bright colours to draw attention to the stories, but also to take the past and put it into a modern context. Perfect for any aspiring Gaeilgoir or Irish culture enthusiast, you can browse her full collection here.
The Dirt Bird
If you’ve ever wanted Aoife McGregor’s iconic voice note on a tea towel, this shop is for you. Featuring pins, scarves, beanies and more, this shop will have the perfect gift for your pal who is a bit too obsessed with Irish pop culture. Although not in Irish, the spirit is still there. Click here to shop.
There’s no place like home. Or the food from home. Revolving around Irish culture and the many things in between, Selkies, run by Louise NÍ Chuilinn, has prints and tote bags galore. Perfect for the cousin or best friend who’s moved away, a piece from Selkies is bound to put a smile on their face every time they see it. Click here to shop.
Doon Duh Vail
Named after the Irish phrase “Dún Do Bhéal” – meaning shut your mouth – this brand is full of tongue-in-cheek phrases that celebrate the fun side of the Irish language. You can pick up their “Putting the Gae in Gaeilge” sweatshirt here.
To surround yourself with phrases as Gaeilge is a great way to learn cúpla focal. Whether you’re buying for yourself or for friends, Clodafoto has prints for all occasions. Check out their “progress over perfection” print here.
From cards you can gift to your grandmother to statement prints you can decorate with, Craic Galore has a fabulous Etsy page with merchandise featuring accessible phrases as Gaeilge and plenty in English too. Check out their page here.
A C H A R A Stationery
A C H A R A is an artisan stationery studio based in Kilkenny, Ireland, run by maker and designer Mundy Walsh. You will find curated collections of handmade stationery and paper products. Design-led and colour driven, each product is created to celebrate self-expression and discovery through the handwritten word.
Their Carbon footprint is reduced by using FSC-certified, PEFC-certified or Cradle to Cradle certified paper as much as possible, as well as sourcing materials locally and using recyclable packaging. To help offset unavoidable carbon, a euro from each purchase is donated to Hometree, a charity which seeks to establish and conserve woodland in Ireland.
You can shop their current range of stationery here.
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