Galway's bustling market has been trading in the same laneway for literally centuries. The emphasis is on fresh produce and locally produced crafts, most of which are handmade. There's also a great variety of food available, from artichoke hearts to crepes to stuffed olives. Galwegians come to the market to chat as well as to shop and it's a great place to hear local issues discussed. Although the market is open all year round, it's particularly lively in the summer.
"Charlie's", as this shop is colloquially known, is a veritable bookworm's paradise, with nooks and crannies bursting with a wide selection of second-hand books. Separate sections contain history, psychology, philosophy, science and travel titles, while the front part of the Charlie Byrne's Bookshop has a great range of popular fiction. A cozy yet comprehensive children's section can be found at the back. Many locals come in here and browse for hours as they catch up with local gossip, and there are invariably posters on the walls depicting upcoming cultural events.
This centrally located shop has a vast range of Irish hand-knits as well as machine-knit sweaters, cardigans and scarves. However, it specialises in the hand-knit Aran range of knitwear. This style of hand knitting goes back hundreds of years, and it is said that Daniel was depicted in the Book of Kells wearing an Aran sweater and a matching pair of socks. Traditionally, women on the Aran Islands spun and hand-knitted the pure wool. Different symbolic stitches were handed down over the generations; and diamond, cable and honeycomb stitches are still used today.
A range of wholesale equipment is available here for specialists in all aspects of sports. From soccer team outfits to mats for the gym, P.F. Sports Equipment will equip you with all the necessary items for a fitness facility. Large orders and small orders alike are catered for.