Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley Complex
Phone: (353) 1 6258000
Fax: (353) 1 6258010
The newest of the super malls in the Dublin area, Liffey Valley is built on an American scale. Bright and airy with wide corridors and high ceilings, it rarely feels overcrowded despite the large number of surburbanites who flock here. There are several large-scale shops on the premises (including an enormous Boots) and Ireland's only C&A. The range of smaller shops is good. There is also a cinema on site, and plenty of parking spaces available.
Ever-growing in size, Blanchardstown is probably the most regularly frequented Dublin area shopping mall. A cinema and a Leisureplex games arcade will keep the young ones entertained, while chain stores Dunnes and Roches anchor the whole center, providing household and family necessities. There are a few restaurants and all the shops you might expect to see at a mall, including Easons, Boots, zavvi and HMV. There are also two or three adjoining complexes that house a PC World, TK Maxx and many other shops. The newest sections offer huge funky furniture outlets.
Staedtler is Ireland's main supplier of the reputable Eberhard Faber range of art and craft materials. They also carry fimo clay, casting powders and moulds for sculpting. Textured craft paints are available as well as lots of helpful hints from the terrific staff. This shop is not readily accessible from the city centre, but is undoubtedly worth a visit for those of an artistic bent who find themselves south of the city. Many professional Irish artists use this shop, which has to be a sign of quality.
Under the auspices of Sean McArdle, this is a great market stall located in the Market Arcade, on Georges Street. If you are looking for something unusual to serve at your next dinner party or just like to check out exotic ingredients, then stop by. The stock changes frequently, depending on availability, but good fruit and wild mushrooms are always in store. Other tempting items include olives and real Turkish Delight.
This Donnybrook store is primarily a fruit and vegetable shop with nice sidelines in flowers, bread and Italian fare. Pick up handmade Sicilian pestos, marinated olives and porcini mushrooms here, as well as everyday items.
This west Dublin shopping center offers little else that isn't already available close at hand, so it's hardly worth the trek out to Tallaght, unless you're in the area. The Square's main attraction, however, is undoubtedly the multiplex UCI cinema which plays all the latest releases on twelve screens. There's been an increasing incentive on behalf of Dublin Corporation to bring people out of the city and into the suburbs, so if you're staying in Tallaght be sure to also visit the very fine Civic Theatre nearby.
Duck Lane is an awesome addition to the fashionable Smithfield Village complex. It's pretty stunning, too: named for the old lane which it now occupies, it is a great combination of the old Jameson Distillery walls and a new glass and steel construction. There is an excellent variety of glassware and pottery on offer, as well as clothes and jewelery. In case you are having trouble making up your mind, you can pop across to the Duck Lane Café for a coffee or sandwich, while you make your decision.
If whiskey is your poison, get ready to indulge to your heart's content. After the educational tour of the distillery, and your careful attention to the historical overview, retire to the in-house pub and make a little whiskey history of your own. There's also a restaurant with fixed price menus for lunch and dinner.
A gem of a market, Mother Redcap's features a variety of stalls and shops, selling clothes, records, books, and other ephemera. In this indoor market you can also find a number of food stalls, although perhaps not in the same quantities as in the Moore Street Market. At the moment, the traders are battling to keep this long-running institution afloat, so give them your support.
Despite its name, you'll be lucky to find any light fittings at Lantern Antiques. This is a shop that sells antiques of all kinds, including toys and dolls. The majority of the stock is from the 19th and early 20th century, although you can find artifacts from the 18th century too. Stunning train-sets as well as shop and pub memorabilia are also available. It's the perfect place to browse if you feel like stepping back in time.
Martin Fennelly Antiques specialize in the sale of fine quality Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian period furniture in a variety of wood types. There are also antique mirrors in many styles and dimensions. They always offer a large selection of antique decorative items, traveling Writing Slopes, fitted Jewelery Caskets, Tea Caddies, Exquisite Collection of French & English Porcelain as well as a variety of Ormolu and Bronze decorative items. Included in their stock is a collection of Oil Paintings Watercolours and Engravings and Irish antiques from Killarney Ware to Bog Oak.
Bargains galore on truly sturdy, if slightly used merchandise can be found here: much of the stock is army surplus. There's no better place for a variety of outdoor clothing. Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains is one thing, but an excursion to Tibet is entirely different: if you want to be sure you are properly attired, then this is the place for both tips and the proper attire.