First opened as a small souvenir shop by Michael and Margaret Moriarty, in 1964, Moriarty’s has developed into a landmark destination for shoppers, food lovers and garden enthusiasts and its thriving Irish gift store has been a popular port of call for a generation of visitors to Killarney.

First opened as a small souvenir shop by Michael and Margaret Moriarty, in 1964, Moriarty’s has developed into a landmark destination for shoppers, food lovers and garden enthusiasts and its thriving Irish gift store has been a popular port of call for a generation of visitors to Killarney.

Established in 1964

The Moriarty’s of the Gap of Dunloe

Opened as a small souvenier shop in 1964 by Michael and Margaret Moriarty, today Moriarty’s is a landmark destination not only for shoppers but for food lovers, families and garden enthusiasts alike.

Located at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe, just outside Killarney, it is a bright, spacious store and restaurant which caters for large tour groups, individuals and families.

This ethos carries through to our restaurant, where produce is carefully selected from the finest local artisan producers and our own kitchen garden.
The restaurant’s unique interior design blends beautifully with the exterior landscape and reflects the standards of the restaurant’s cuisine: freshness, originality and authenticity.

The menu changes regularly depending on the availability of local meats, seafood and vegetables bursting with flavour and freshness. The building is nestled amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, where customers can learn about the flora, fauna, history & geology of the surrounding area through our detailed information boards.

Proudly run by husband and wife team Denis Pio & Ailish Moriarty, today the shop and restaurant very much remains a family business. Margaret Moriarty is still involved in its day to day running, as is daughter Mary Anne.

We look forward to welcoming you to ‘The Gap’.

The Old Barracks Gap of Dunloe

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.