Our Story

Opened as a small souvenir shop in 1964 by Michael and Margaret Moriarty, Moriarty’s has evolved to become one of Ireland’s leading gift stores.

Located at the entrance of the Gap of Dunloe just outside Killarney, it is a bright and spacious store which caters for large tour groups and individual shoppers alike, showcasing some of Ireland’s finest craftsmanship.

Moriarty’s specialises in the sale of traditional items such as handmade tweeds, knits and symbolic jewellery.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our goods and also – as importantly – our exemplary customer service. Our staff members have an average of over 20 years service with the family.

Moriarty’s is an Irish family business, we are proud to provide ethically sourced products, designed by Irish craft makers. We use 100% pure wool as it is the best fiber for low impact fashion.

We support Irish design in clothing and jewelry.

 

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

– Vivienne Westwood

Legend of The Banshee

Death is a common theme in Irish mythology. The Banshee, for example, is a spirit who appears before the death of someone in their family. Banshees are usually described as female and travel through sound or smell (hence their name).

Look your best this Winter with a stylish Wool Cardigan!

Look your best this Winter with these Accessories

Winter is almost upon us, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to look at what accessories will make a difference this season. Accessories are important in the Winter. They’re the finishing touches on your outfit and help you keep warm while looking stylish and fashionable.

Wool Tweed Cape Slow Fashion

Say Goodbye to Fast Fashion

It’s time to say goodbye to fast fashion and hello to sustainable fashion trends. We need to slow down and think before we purchase. It’s up to us, the suppliers and consumers, to buy items of clothing that are made to last, to have longevity and style.

Aran Sweater Moriarty's Kerry

The Fisherman’s Sweater

The Aran Sweater takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, where it was first produced and worn by the Aran islanders living there. They were known for their fishing industry and sweater-wearing fishermen, who wore the Aran Sweater when they went out to sea to protect themselves from the harsh elements.

Weaving – An Ancient Craft

Weaving is among the oldest crafts known, and it is a form of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns, or threads, are interlaced. The warping frame is the first stage in the weaving journey. Once a pattern is designed, this determines the count and colours of the wrap threads, which are stretched across the loom.

The Trinity Knot

The Trinity Knot is one of the most popular Celtic symbols in Ireland. It symbolises the interconnectedness of life and has been used in artwork, jewellery, and design for centuries. The meaning behind it? There is no beginning or end to spiritual life.

The Skellig Michael

As many Star Wars fans know, May 4th celebrates all things Star Wars. So we want to acknowledge this special day by looking at the history and the appearance of the Skellig Islands in the Star Wars universe. The Skellig Islands consist of two Islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Little Skellig is closed to the public and is a protected colony for the seabirds which nest there.

The Legend of Saint Patrick

After two challenging years around the world due to Covid, Ireland has cleared the way for its first full public celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in two years. As we prepare with excitement to celebrate this special day, and with an extra bank holiday on March 18th to recover, we look back at the legend of St. Patrick.

A Celtic Love Story – Diarmuid and Grainne

Grainne was known as the most beautiful woman in Ireland, she was the daughter of Cormac MacAirt, Ireland’s High King. Grainne’s beauty was known far and wide, which caused her to be pursued by many of Ireland’s most eligible, Princes and Chieftains.

The Story of St. Brigid

In Ireland, St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on February 1st. It is the official first day of Spring in the Gaelic calendar and marks the end of winter. The evenings start to get brighter, and it’s a time for new beginnings.

The Claddagh Origins

The Claddagh is one of Ireland’s most recognized and precious images. Towards the end of the 20th century, there was an explosion of interest in the Claddagh Ring, both as jewelry and as an icon of Irish heritage.

The Celtic Cross

The Irish Celtic Cross first emerged across Ireland in the early Middle Ages. The Irish Celtic cross is a well-known symbol of Irish Heritage. It is one of the most recognized symbols associated with Ireland.

History of Halloween

Halloween originated in Ireland over 1000 years ago. It started as an ancient Gaelic pagan festival called “Samhain,” meaning “end of summer.” It took place between October 31st and November 1st.

Cozy Winter Accessories

As the temperature is dropping, that means it’s time to start layering up your outfits. In Winter, you still want to be able to go on nice hikes and adventures on your weekends. Naturally, the proper clothing makes this possible.

The Wooly Savior

A sheep’s wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable. Wool is the most reused and recyclable fibre on the planet of the significant apparel fibres, with many slow fashion designers now choosing to work with wool.

A Family Affair

Husband and wife Denis and Ailish make a dynamic team running Moriarty’s Irish Gift Store and Heather Restaurant at The Gap of Dunloe. Working together, they each contribute something different to the business.

The Celtic Harp

A Symbol of Creativity, Beauty and Elegance Ireland is the only country to use a musical instrument as its national emblem. The Irish Harp is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments in the world.

We Don’t Do Trends

Trends come and go like the seasons, but classic style stays timeless. Slow Fashion focuses on traditional and timeless pieces, on style, not trends. Unfortunately, Fast Fashion has a devastating effect on the environment.

What is Slow Fashion?

Buy less. Choose Well. Make it Last. – Vivienne Westwood. Slow Fashion promotes a slower, more sustainable approach to buying clothing. In addition, it brings awareness to how much clothing you buy.

Check out these Moriarty favorites

skelligs Irish gold pendant on neck

Our Irish gold is sourced from the House of Lor, who extract gold from mines in Co Tyrone, without the use of harmful chemicals. It is not mixed or diluted with gold from any other source, guaranteeing its uniquely Irish provenance. Only 2-5% of the ore at this source is suitable for processing in this environmentally friendly manner, making this gold an extremely rare commodity.

The Skelligs Irish Gold Pendant

An exquisite piece of Irish jewellery, inspired by a most extraordinary place – Sceilg Mhichíl. The Skelligs Pendant was designed and crafted from Irish gold exclusively for Moriarty’s. It represents a pinnacle of craftsmanship, a rare piece crafted to represent the iconic peaks of the Skelligs and the island’s unique silhouette.

skelligs Irish gold pendant

Public Consultation on the future Management of the Gap of Dunloe 2021

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Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

– Vivienne Westwood

Legend of The Banshee

Death is a common theme in Irish mythology. The Banshee, for example, is a spirit who appears before the death of someone in their family. Banshees are usually described as female and travel through sound or smell (hence their name).

Look your best this Winter with a stylish Wool Cardigan!

Look your best this Winter with these Accessories

Winter is almost upon us, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to look at what accessories will make a difference this season. Accessories are important in the Winter. They’re the finishing touches on your outfit and help you keep warm while looking stylish and fashionable.

Wool Tweed Cape Slow Fashion

Say Goodbye to Fast Fashion

It’s time to say goodbye to fast fashion and hello to sustainable fashion trends. We need to slow down and think before we purchase. It’s up to us, the suppliers and consumers, to buy items of clothing that are made to last, to have longevity and style.

Aran Sweater Moriarty's Kerry

The Fisherman’s Sweater

The Aran Sweater takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, where it was first produced and worn by the Aran islanders living there. They were known for their fishing industry and sweater-wearing fishermen, who wore the Aran Sweater when they went out to sea to protect themselves from the harsh elements.

Weaving – An Ancient Craft

Weaving is among the oldest crafts known, and it is a form of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns, or threads, are interlaced. The warping frame is the first stage in the weaving journey. Once a pattern is designed, this determines the count and colours of the wrap threads, which are stretched across the loom.

The Trinity Knot

The Trinity Knot is one of the most popular Celtic symbols in Ireland. It symbolises the interconnectedness of life and has been used in artwork, jewellery, and design for centuries. The meaning behind it? There is no beginning or end to spiritual life.

The Skellig Michael

As many Star Wars fans know, May 4th celebrates all things Star Wars. So we want to acknowledge this special day by looking at the history and the appearance of the Skellig Islands in the Star Wars universe. The Skellig Islands consist of two Islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Little Skellig is closed to the public and is a protected colony for the seabirds which nest there.

The Legend of Saint Patrick

After two challenging years around the world due to Covid, Ireland has cleared the way for its first full public celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in two years. As we prepare with excitement to celebrate this special day, and with an extra bank holiday on March 18th to recover, we look back at the legend of St. Patrick.

A Celtic Love Story – Diarmuid and Grainne

Grainne was known as the most beautiful woman in Ireland, she was the daughter of Cormac MacAirt, Ireland’s High King. Grainne’s beauty was known far and wide, which caused her to be pursued by many of Ireland’s most eligible, Princes and Chieftains.

The Story of St. Brigid

In Ireland, St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on February 1st. It is the official first day of Spring in the Gaelic calendar and marks the end of winter. The evenings start to get brighter, and it’s a time for new beginnings.

The Claddagh Origins

The Claddagh is one of Ireland’s most recognized and precious images. Towards the end of the 20th century, there was an explosion of interest in the Claddagh Ring, both as jewelry and as an icon of Irish heritage.

The Celtic Cross

The Irish Celtic Cross first emerged across Ireland in the early Middle Ages. The Irish Celtic cross is a well-known symbol of Irish Heritage. It is one of the most recognized symbols associated with Ireland.

History of Halloween

Halloween originated in Ireland over 1000 years ago. It started as an ancient Gaelic pagan festival called “Samhain,” meaning “end of summer.” It took place between October 31st and November 1st.

Cozy Winter Accessories

As the temperature is dropping, that means it’s time to start layering up your outfits. In Winter, you still want to be able to go on nice hikes and adventures on your weekends. Naturally, the proper clothing makes this possible.

The Wooly Savior

A sheep’s wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable. Wool is the most reused and recyclable fibre on the planet of the significant apparel fibres, with many slow fashion designers now choosing to work with wool.

A Family Affair

Husband and wife Denis and Ailish make a dynamic team running Moriarty’s Irish Gift Store and Heather Restaurant at The Gap of Dunloe. Working together, they each contribute something different to the business.

The Celtic Harp

A Symbol of Creativity, Beauty and Elegance Ireland is the only country to use a musical instrument as its national emblem. The Irish Harp is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments in the world.

We Don’t Do Trends

Trends come and go like the seasons, but classic style stays timeless. Slow Fashion focuses on traditional and timeless pieces, on style, not trends. Unfortunately, Fast Fashion has a devastating effect on the environment.

What is Slow Fashion?

Buy less. Choose Well. Make it Last. – Vivienne Westwood. Slow Fashion promotes a slower, more sustainable approach to buying clothing. In addition, it brings awareness to how much clothing you buy.

Check out these Moriarty favorites

skelligs Irish gold pendant on neck

Our Irish gold is sourced from the House of Lor, who extract gold from mines in Co Tyrone, without the use of harmful chemicals. It is not mixed or diluted with gold from any other source, guaranteeing its uniquely Irish provenance. Only 2-5% of the ore at this source is suitable for processing in this environmentally friendly manner, making this gold an extremely rare commodity.

The Skelligs Irish Gold Pendant

An exquisite piece of Irish jewellery, inspired by a most extraordinary place – Sceilg Mhichíl. The Skelligs Pendant was designed and crafted from Irish gold exclusively for Moriarty’s. It represents a pinnacle of craftsmanship, a rare piece crafted to represent the iconic peaks of the Skelligs and the island’s unique silhouette.

skelligs Irish gold pendant

Public Consultation on the future Management of the Gap of Dunloe 2021