Food & Shopping – Education Ireland MY

Food & Shopping

Irish stew

There is a wide choice of food shops and restaurants in Ireland catering to all tastes and pockets. As the number and variety of overseas nationals has grown in recent years, so too has the diversity of foods and ingredients. Students should therefore have no difficulty satisfying special religious or dietary requirements. Good restaurant guides are available online at or .

There has been something of a revival of the traditional favourites, a sense of Modern Irish  cooking has been developed over the last 20 years, influenced by flavours and indeed chefs from Europe and the rest of the world.Students should therefore have no difficulty satisfying special religious or dietary requirements, particularly in the larger cities. Restaurants and cafes at the colleges and universities sell nutritious, reasonably priced meals. Snack food outlets are widely available and fast food restaurants are generally open till

National specialties:

  • Dublin Bay prawns.
  • Oysters (served with Guinness and wholemeal bread).
  • Irish stew (traditionally made with mutton or old sheep, now mostly made with lamb or juicy beef, this dish is usually served with potatoes, stock, onions, carrots and garlic).
  • Colcannon (a mixture of potatoes and cabbage cooked together).
  • Bacon & Cabbage
  • Soda bread.
  • Irish Breakfast, a fried or grilled meal generally comprising bacon, egg, sausage, black and white pudding and fried tomatoes
  • Souffle made with carrageen (a variety of seaweed).
    The two most internationally distinctive alcoholic products are whiskey and stout. Irish whiskey has a uniquely characteristic flavor and is matured in a wooden barrel for a minimum of seven years. Certainly as popular as whiskey is stout which is bottled or served from the tap.
  • National drinks:
    Whiskey: popular brands are: Jamesons, John Powers Gold Label, Hewitts, Midleton, Old Bushmills, Paddy, Reserve and Tullamore Dew.
  • Irish coffee is popular (a glass of strong black coffee, brown sugar and whiskey with cream).
  • Guinness, one of the most famous, popular and distinctive drinks in the world, is found everywhere.
  • One of the most popular lighter ales is Smithwicks or Harp Lager, also available everywhere.
  • Liqueurs such as Bailey’s and Irish Mist are both made from a base of Irish whiskey.


Shopping hours vary but generally big department stores are open from 9.00 am until 6.00pm Monday to Saturday with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 9.00pm. Increasing numbers of supermarkets and smaller shops are open seven days a week (often for 24 hours – particularly in the larger cities) and the local “corner shop” is always on hand for those essential items.

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