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#ShopLocal Support homegrown businesses with these Irish-made products

Here are some websites, marketplaces and directories to help you shop local

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Brooke & Shoals candle and diffuser

Brooke & Shoals candle and diffuser

Brooke & Shoals candle and diffuser

Retail is open! But will we as a nation continue to shop locally and support Irish businesses or will we be lured away by the big highstreet brands.

ISME's chief Neil McDonnell summed it up when he encouraged people to support Irish producers; "Every €10 spent locally on Irish products will generate more than €40 of benefit to the local community in terms of employment."

It can be tricky though, right? To find Irish-made products when you want to support a homegrown business, you really have to put some thought into it. Unfortunately, Irish-made products aren’t well-represented in Irish retail stores, but now there are some websites, marketplaces and directories to help:

In the meantime, check out these amazing Irish producers who might inspire you to purchase a little something special for the next milestone you wish to mark with a loved one.

After the year we’ve all had, some self-care in the form of a gift to yourself could also be well justified, if ever you needed a reason!

JUVI Jewellery Design was the winner of the Jewellery category in the Irish Made Awards 2020. JUVI was founded by husband-and-wife team Julie and Vincent, who combine their skills in design and silversmithing in their Dublin studio.

Every piece is inspired by travel and nature, from the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim to Ballinskelligs in Co. Kerry. With sustainability in mind, all silver and gold used in Juvi jewellery is recycled from the jewellery, giftware and electronic industries. The Juvi jewellery range starts from €35 at juvidesigns.com

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Juvi silke earring

Juvi silke earring

Juvi silke earring

Bellamianta was the winner of the Beauty category in the Irish Made Awards 2020. Linda Stinson created the premium self-tanning brand, manufactured in Co Mayo, with a skincare-first focus.

All of the Bellamianta product formulas are enriched with shea butter and aloe vera, to soothe and restore skin elasticity, and Pentavitin which helps to hydrate the skin from within. Fans will recognise Love Island star, Maura Higgins as the face of the brand in Ireland. The Bellamianta self-tan product range starts from €21 at bellamianta.com

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Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Maura Higgins

Dublin City Gin was the winner of the Drinks category in the Irish Made Awards 2020. The premium handcrafted gin was created by husband and wife team Jim O’Connor and Sheila Cooney in 2016. The recipe is prepared by hand, including ripe rhubarb grown organically in an allotment garden along the Grand Canal in Dublin.

Other botanicals in the recipe include zesty grapefruit and warm, spicy cinnamon. Enjoy when the bars reopen or purchase a bottle at selected off licences from €54.

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Dublin City Gin

Dublin City Gin

Dublin City Gin

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Brooke & Shoals was the winner of the Gift category in the Irish Made Awards 2020. Their unique blend of fragrances add a wonderful ambience to every home with their beautiful scented candles and diffusers.

Based in Greystones, Co Wicklow, founder and fragrance designer Alison Banton started the business in 2010. The product range has grown to include over 14 fragrances and 50 products, with candles made using natural wax and essential oils and diffusers using a glycerine base from a renewable source. Pick up a gift from €22 at brookeandshoals.ie

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A Brooke & Shoals scented candle

A Brooke & Shoals scented candle

A Brooke & Shoals scented candle

The Design and Crafts Council Ireland have been involved in the Irish Made Awards from the beginning. Now in their fifth year, this year's Awards are arguably more important than ever says Brian McGee, Development Director of DCCI.

“Irish women are much more likely to seek out an Irish-made item, especially when buying gifts. A special something crafted here on Irish soil has a story that is gifted with it. Irish designed and made products are made by a real person in a real place that we may know or visit someday, while 100% of the economic value is retained within Ireland,” he says.

The closing date for entries to the Irish Made Awards 2021 is 7th June. To find out more, see irishmadeawards.ie

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