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Hi, All,

My husband and I will be making a month-long trip to Ireland in May. We are Americans living in Ecuador and because my husband is taller and bigger than most Ecuadorians, buying shoes and clothes for him is really difficult. We have thought about making our travel arrangements so that we have a long layover in the States (not what we really want to do) to do some shopping. Can anyone give me some advice about shopping in Ireland for men's clothing - prices, locations, etc? I will be doing my shopping for more fun things, such as handmade crafts and things :) Thanks for any help you can give.



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If you can fit the North of Ireland into the start of your itinerary then clothes shopping up there is better priced than here in the south (as a rule) Recent trip to the north before Christmas and we hit Asda (Warmart) for George brand http://direct.asda.com/george/clothing/10,default,sc.html . I have to go to Matalan http://www.matalan.co.uk/ for Jeans or pay a fortune, many years playing rugby my legs just don't fit most supermarket offerings. (6'2" 200+lb)

Down here in the South, Pennys (Primark) https://www.primark.com/en-ie/homepage  would be the bargain brand, Dunnes Stores, some of the larger Tesco stores https://www.tesco.com/direct/clothing/ . Lots of high priced High St. stores with to be fair excellent quality clothes.



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Thanks. This is perfect information!We will be renting a car and hope to cover as much a possible. We will definitely check into your recommendations.

While futbol (soccer, to some) is the main game here, I have watched rugby while in restaurants and bars. I think I could really enjoy rugby.

Although we want to see as much as we can, we are really looking forward to spending a few days in one or two quiet places to meet people and enjoy the local life.



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If you know how many days you have "on the ground" rough dates and some places you want to see things you want to do then you will get lots of helpful advice through the forum, I live over here and most of the regular contributors have multiple visits under their belts.

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Thanks, Tony,

We are still looking at tickets, but the plan is to depart the last week of April/ first week of May for about 4 weeks...we have pet sitters available during that time ;) . We will fly into Dublin, pick up our car and start either north or south to make a circular trip around the island. Is this an adequate time to see the major points of interest and still have days to be lazy and meander the countryside? We are not big city fans nor places that are overly touristy. We want to see the really ancient places and the natural beauty. This is my second trip, so there are places that I know to skip and places that I didn't see the first time are high on the list.

You are so nice to help with my questions. Thanks bunches,

tresakon

 



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The fist weekend of May is Bank Holiday so places could be busy. for some reason early May in Galway is a bit of a nightmare accommodation wise, been on the phone for over an hour this morning trying to find somewhere for a couple I am doing an itinerary for.

Four weeks is a good amount of time to hunt out lesser know spots.

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