Saint Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it, and we invite you to come spend part of it with us here at The Irish Gift Shop in beautiful, downtown Saint Augustine in sunny Florida.
What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. …read more
These are a handful of our best-selling Irish gifts items from our store in St. Augustine, Florida
Patricia and Joe Maher opened the Irish Gift Shop in 1984 near the present location of the Columbia Restaurant. The store measured 10 x 12. Patricia jokes that the store was so small that “when people came in she would have to go out!”
Within two years the Maher’s expand into a 3,000 sq ft building at139 St. George Street at the corner of Treasury. Joe Maher was one of the founding members of the Hibernia Regiment, a group of Historical Re-enactors that celebrate the 400 year old Celtic Heritage of St. Augustine. The store flourished for many years and in 2001 the Mahers decided to retire and sold the business to David & Jan Perkins from Dublin Ireland.
The store moved to the Heritage Walk in 2009 and in 2016 was finally relocated to 26 Cuna Street under the proprietorship of Grace Reed and Linda Campbell. If you come on the right day, you may get homemade Irish Soda Bread and Tea. If nothing else, you’ll get a warm welcome.
We carry an assortment of beautiful Irish Religious Gifts, from McHarp Irish Crosses to various Connemara Marble Rosaries.
Belleek Pottery was established in 1857 and is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest potteries. The Belleek Group comprises world renowned gift and tableware brands of Belleek Classic, Belleek Living, Galway Irish Crystal and Aynsley China. Belleek has a worldwide reputation for quality and craftsmanship.
Summer in St. Augustine calls for Irish fashion. These LINEN flat caps are cool in many ways. Handmade in Ireland by Hanna Hats – the bespoke tailor of Donegal.
Caps and shirts representing the National Police Service and Firefighters in Ireland.
“Every day I learn something new about Ireland and the gifts of Irish people to the world. Most people don’t know that Hallowe’en started in Ireland, or that Irish monks preserved the scientific, artistic and literary treasures during the Dark Ages, introducing them during the age of Enlightenment.
And while most people think they know what a Leprechaun is, few know the legends and sagas of the Fairy world. The wee folk are not all nice and some things are prescribed for protection. For instance, you need to know how to keep Fairies from stealing your baby. You just need a silver bell on the cradle, and I’ll be happy to sell you one.”
You’re going to love your time here at The Irish Gift Shop. Make it a part of your next visit to America’s oldest city, Saint Augustine in beautiful sunny Florida.