Great Irish Products and the Stories Behind the Makers
With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, we decided to highlight some of our fantastic Irish suppliers and share their stories. We love supporting Irish-grown and Irish-made products at Arboretum. With March being our month of green, we asked our staff for some of their favourite products:
1) Mother’s Day Gift Set from Green Angel
With Mother’s Day only a few days after St. Patrick’s Day, what better time to showcase this product from Green Angel. This gift set contains the Green Angel seaweed and collagen face cream and a full-sized (30ml) jasmine hand cream from the precious oils collection. Sure to go down a treat with all Irish mams.
Green Angel was formed in 2006 by Chris and Mary Mitchell and it has already become a fantastic Irish success story. Its skincare products use essential plant oils and seaweed (sourced from the west of Ireland). The range is all natural and extremely luxurious.
View all Green Angel products here.
2) Coppenagh Cheese and Pizza Board from Ballyshane
This stylish and functional board really earns its place in the kitchen. It’s great for chopping and slicing and we also use it to serve up everything from pizzas to party nibbles for the gang.
Ballyshane is the passion project of William McHutcheon and Cheryl Stanley. All William’s pieces are beautifully handcrafted using locally sourced and sustainably grown Irish hardwoods. Cheryl brings the entrepreneurial spirit. Taking inspiration from their home in the village of Ballyshane, William works predominantly in native hardwoods, reclaimed when possible.
View all Ballyshane products here.
3) Galway Bay climbing rose from Hughes Roses
A beautiful and fragrant climbing rose that will add to any garden, producing an abundance of rich, pink double blooms throughout the summer. Galway Bay is a result of expert breeding by Sam McGredy of Portadown.
Hughes Roses is a family-run nursery based in Dublin which has supplied Arboretum with Irish-grown roses for many years. Now run by the second generation of the Hughes family, they continue to produce the quality roses our customers love.
View all products from Hughes Roses here.
4) Ballerina Dreams from Paul Maloney
This beautifully subtle and simple art print is a favourite amongst many of our staff. Drawing on the nostalgia of youth and the dreams of a little girl, Paul Maloney captures the sentiment wonderfully in this piece.
Paul Maloney is a multi-talented Irish artist based in Barntown, Wexford. This award-winning painter also moulds a fantastic range of pottery. He is constantly creating exciting new work in his own style.
View all Paul Maloney products here.
5) Live Love Laugh from Torc Candles
Bring the outside in with this long-lasting scented candle from Torc, an amazing fragrance that combines the aroma of freshly picked rhubarb with notes of elderflower and rose petals.
Torc Candles is a truly local supplier, located as it is in the foothills of Mount Leinster only a few miles away from our flagship store in Leighlinbridge. For over 50 years, Torc has been using a combination of natural waxes and innovative fragrances to create the perfect burning experience for customers.
View all products from Torc Candles here.
6) Hebe Rhubarb and Custard from Tully Nurseries
This magnificent evergreen shrub is an exclusive, award-winning variety bred in Tully Nurseries of Ballyboughal, Co Dublin. A unique plant for its distinctive spiky foliage and the cream, pink and green colour palette. It is ideal for any gardener as it can grow well in beds, borders or in patio containers.
Tully Nurseries is a family-run business in our own mould supplying Arboretum with quality plants for over two decades. Its Bella Bloom range, which is Bord Bia approved, has grown into a bestselling range since its introduction in 2014.
View all products from Tully Nurseries here.
7) Blooming Bluebells diffuser from Irish Botanicals
This light and breezy scent is perfect to bring that fresh spring feeling into your home in the form of a delightful mix of fresh bluebells with notes of lemon and freesia. In its beautiful gift box, it looks as good as it smells.
With a love for all things floral and outdoor, Rachel McCann is the powerhouse behind Irish botanicals. Reflecting her passion for nature, the range is 100% natural and uses lead-free cotton wicks.
View all products from Irish Botanicals here.
A contemporary take on the hoop earring, the Boho Sway is made from 18ct gold-plated sterling silver with a rose teardrop swaying beneath. Packaged in a luxurious chocolate brown and gold gift box, it will make the perfect present for that special someone.
Vincent and Julie of Juvi Designs have travelled far and wide to bring the four corners of the world back to Ireland. They are protective of their creative process and respectful of the craftspeople on the ground who cut, facet and polish their gemstones. These stones take centre stage back in their studio in Dublin when they create jewellery around them. They use recycled silver and gold to reduce their impact on the earth as much as possible.
View all products from Juvi Designs here.
So you see, at Arboretum we really are committed to promoting Irish and local. We are continuously adding new, unique and varied Irish suppliers to our range. We have some fantastic new Irish ranges lined up for our health and wellness section coming very soon, so watch this space!
Did you know?
In our gardening and plants section, over 90% of our plants are sourced from Irish growers and 100% of our roses are Irish grown. Visit our Arboretum stores at Leighlinbridge and Kilquade or shop online for more great Irish brands.
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