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Shop Street is the central location for shopping in Galway, with plenty of locals and tourists checking out the variety of stores and strolling the sidewalks. Some long-standing brick buildings and artsy cafes give certain sections of the street a more intellectual feel, while street performers in other places create a laid back atmosphere. Shop Street also features one of Galway's oldest architectural structures, Lynch's Castle.
Intersport is a well-stocked store featuring a good selection of designer sportswear. Whether you are a professional swimmer or train with weights, this store has the equipment and clothing to ensure that you are kitted out properly. Help and advice is always at hand. With a range of sport accessories ranging from boxing gloves to dartboards, this store might be small in size but has a large volume of goods.
The Oxfam shop is small but still carries a variety of clothing for men, women and children. This shop specializes in hand-crafted ethnic and woven items and accepts all donations of second-hand clothes and books. Many of the items are imported and are therefore a little expensive for a second-hand shop, but they often make excellent gifts. Books and knickknacks are also sold here, as well as unusual candle holders, incense burners, rugs, pillows and hand-woven baskets.
Eason's is one of Galway's largest bookstores. On the ground floor there is a vast selection of literary publications, including magazines, travel guides, cookbooks, literary fiction and bestsellers. Upstairs is the largest stationery department in Galway, with a small section displaying videos, music and CD ROMs to the left of the escalator. The staff are generally helpful and you can make inquiries or order books at the information desk.
This jeweler has one of the finest reputations in handcrafted jewelery in the West of Ireland. The shop is run by Robert Blacoe and his team of craftspeople. There is a wide selection of Claddagh rings to choose from in gold, platinum and silver. Both the traditional Claddagh ring and Blacoe's own styles are on display. The wide selection includes the Children of Lir selection, the Millennium ring, the Spiral ring and the famous Celtic cross. Orders for these can be taken from all areas of the globe.
Aisling Bookshop is located on the corner of Lower Abbeygate Street and Middle Street, in one of the most historic areas in Galway. The store is located in what was an old cathedral before it was sold to a commercial company in the 1950s. The shop stocks a wide range of Bibles and other Christian books, as well as second hand books and a large selection of Christian videos.