County Galway is known for the rugged and stark scenery. Much of the county is mountainous, and filled with adventurous sheep dotting the hills! The city of Galway, which is the third biggest city in Ireland, is known for its traditional music scene. Wandering through the narrow, brick lined streets, one finds a musician playing in the street in front of every pub, jeweler, and chemist! Biddy Murphy supplier The Hatman of Ireland crafts his quality caps in this wild western region!
A well-known attraction on the Wild Atlantic Way, County Donegal has sloping stoney hills that descend into the stormy waters of the Atlantic. Biddy Murphy carries products from Studio Donegal, sock makers who create warm wool products to weather this rural region!
County Dublin houses the capital city of Ireland, Dublin City. Dublin City is known for its delightful main street, Grafton Street, which is lined with well-known pubs such as Temple Bar. A uniquely historical city, Dublin is full of historical artifacts such as the Book of Kells, which located in the four hundred-year-old Trinity College Library. Biddy Murphy has connections with several great jewelers from this bustling region: Amethyst Dublin, Boru, JMH Jewelry, and Solvar Ltd.
County Kerry is popular with visitors and locals alike. County Kerry is the location of Killarney National Park, a stunning park that is home to lush forests and valleys. Biddy Murphy suppliers Kerry Woollen Mills and Mucros Weavers are both inspired by the natural beauty of this region!
A mountainous and rocky region, Co. Mayo is the home of Croagh Patrick, a pilgrimage mountain known as the “Holy Mountain” of St. Patrick. Covered with white stones all the way up, thousands of people per year make the difficult trek up the mountain to the chapel on top. Biddy Murphy supplier Connemara Marble by Gerard uses the rare green stone from the rugged County Mayo to make their great products!
County Cork is one of the greenest countries on the Emerald Isle. County Cork is best known for the Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle. Blarney Castle is a medieval fort that is still largely intact, and the Blarney Stone is a stone at the top of the castle. Legend says if you kiss the Blarney Stone, which visitors hang upside down to do, you will gain the “gift of gab.” Biddy Murphy’s leather product supplier, Lee River Leather, is established in this thriving region.
County Westmeath is a peaceful, idyllic countryside that the River Shannon runs through. Westmeath is home to inland lakes and green pastures. The capital city of the county is Mullingar, where Mullingar Pewter makes its home! Supplier Mullingar Pewter employs many locals from the region to create stunning pewter and steel crafted pieces.
Located in the midlands region of Ireland, County Roscommon is full of gentle hills, lovely lakes, and thick green forests. County Roscommon is home to Strokestown Park, an authentic nineteenth century manor that houses the National Famine Museum. This ancient county is home to both Naomh Padraig and Ogham Wishes, who are inspired by the historical surroundings!
Another midland county, Co. Tipperary is covered in great green forests and wide open fields. One of the most famous landmarks in the region is Cashel Rock, a fifth century castle that belonged to High Kings of Ireland and was significant to St. Patrick. Biddy Murphy wool product producer John Hanly & Co. and Gifted Hand Turf Incense both make their home in this scenic midland county.
Located on the southeastern coast, County Waterford is warm and welcoming! Part of the “viking triangle” of counties, County Wexford is home to relics of early conquest. Old forts looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, and the same soft shores the Vikings walked on now make for a great day at the beach. Emerald Crystal, which supplies their fine crystal products to Biddy Murphy, creates glass as clear and shining as the Atlantic Ocean in this wonderful region.
Located in the southeastern part of Ireland, County Wexford is remarkably warm and dry! The county has a calming atmosphere, covered in rolling hills and sandy, soft beaches. Emblem Weavers embodies the cool, relaxed nature of County Wexford by providing Biddy Murphy customers with soft linens!
County Wicklow has the largest area span of mountains in Ireland! The Wicklow Mountains are wide and sloping, attracting visitors and locals to visit the abundance of hiking trails that weave through the region. Jewelry maker Fado and perfume maker Fragrances of Ireland are both located in mountainous Co. Wicklow!
County Meath is a landlocked, flat farming county north of County Dublin. County Meath is home to Newgrange, a prehistoric Stone Age temple. Giant and incredibly well-constructed, Newgrange has lasted for thousands of years! The Newgrange stone at the front of the temple is carved with spirals, early versions of the Triskele symbol seen on some Celtic Jewelry. The Handmade Soap Co. is located in this historical region.
Part of the hilly midlands, County Offaly has much to offer! County Offaly is home to Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastery. Clonmacnoise has been attacked and burned down many times, and still survives into the modern day! This interesting site is also home to one of biggest and oldest High Crosses, which depicts biblical scenes and symbols. Shannonbridge Pottery is located in County Offaly where they craft beautiful and unique Irish pottery that you can find here at Biddy Murphy.
Full of both craggy coastline and rolling hills, the southwestern region of County Clare is gorgeous. The region of Burren is covered in glacially carved rocks, the ground so stoney and pale it feels like walking on the moon! County Clare is also home to the Cliffs of Moher, stunning cliffs that drop straight into the Atlantic Ocean. A popular tourist destination, the Cliffs of Moher see around one million visitors a year!
County Sligo is in the northwest of Ireland. County Sligo is the former home of turn-of-the-century poet W.B. Yeats. Yeats memorialized the country through much of early poetry, calling it the “Land of Heart’s Desire.” One of Yeats favorite landmarks was Ben Bulben, a unique flat-top mountain that looms over the rolling countryside.
A county of rolling hills and lively green atmosphere, County Carlow holds significant rural charm. The Altamont gardens are one of the favorite visitor destinations. In February, snowdrops bloom in the gardens, a stunning sight to see! The Brownshill Dolmen Portal Tomb is one of the Megalithic sites in Ireland, a large rock structure left by Ireland’s ancient ancestors!
County Limerick is flat county, mostly limestone plains, and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The city of Limerick was designated Ireland’s inaugural City of Culture in 2014, and the city has a vibrant music and art scene. Limerick also has an ancient side; Lough Gur is home to one of the oldest settlements in Ireland, and also the largest ring of rocks!
County Cavan has a hilly and idyllic landscape, scattered with lively Irish towns! Co. Cavan is home to some of the oldest geography in ancient Ireland! The park is located on a limestone plateau that dates back 340 million years, when Ireland was underwater!
County Kildare is a flat and green county, gentle in scenery and attitude. County Kildare is home to many impressive old buildings, including the Georgian mansion Castletown, which dates to 1722. The culture of horse breeding and racing is important to the area, and County Kildare has several equestrian sights to see.
A land of hills and waterways, County Kilkenny has a peaceful atmosphere. One of the gems of Ireland’s Ancient East, County Kilkenny is covered with medieval landmarks. Even just driving down the road, you’re sure to see the ruins of a castle or a church!
County Laois is in the heart of the midlands, and is a landscape of green, fertile farmlands. When driving through the Laois countryside, the view is dotted with the familiar white clouds of sheep! For a wider view of the Midlands, many visitors climb through the Rock of Dunamase, the ruins of an old castle with a lovely panoramic at the top.
County Leitrim has a varied landscape, with rising hills and sparkling waterways. County Leitrim is home to waterfalls and lakes, and is wonderful to see via a scenic drive through idyllic country lanes.
One of the flattest counties in Ireland, County Longford is a region of lakes, forests, and preserved boglands. A land of myth and magic, County Longford has a plays a role in Irish history, both real and imagined. Several Irish myths set in Longford involve portals to the fairylands. It is rumoured that the famous Irish Pirate Queen Maeve died in Longford in a battle against her nephew.
County Louth is Ireland’s smallest county by area, and most of the county is coastline. The “wee county” is also to called the “land of legends.” Cooley Peninsula has a stunning forest whose flora, fauna, and leprechauns are under UN protection! Louth is rich in ruins, and has seen eras from the Celtic heroes to the Christian saints, from the Viking conquerors to Oliver Cromwell. County Louth is home to Brannigan Weavers, a crafter of fine woolen garments from beautiful capes to luxurious scarves.
County Monagan is one of the lesser known counties of Ireland, but a beautiful one! The nickname for Monaghan is “the Farney” or “the Drumlin County” as the county consists of many drumlins (small hills) giving it the rolling landscape! Monaghan is home to the Rossmore Memorial, a church tower in the local townscape, a truly beautiful tourist attraction.
One of the most beautiful counties of Ireland, Tyrone is the largest county in the north! Tyrone is home to the stunning Sperrin Mountains reaching 2000 feet to rolling hills and plains for a variety of landscapes! Tyrone is also home to the Beaghmore Stone Circles, a historic attraction that could mark a point of religious or social gatherings for ancient peoples!
County Derry is home to Londonderry, a major city in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. County Londonderry is also called Derry by its Catholic inhabitants. Londonderry City has a storied history; it is known as the “walled city of Londonderry” for its mile-long city wall that dates to the seventeenth century.
County Antrim has some of the most uniquely stunning landscape the Irish Isle offers. It is home to the Giant’s Causeway a remarkable geographic formation formed by a volcano, creating perfect hexagonal pillars that stretch the coastline. County Antrim also house the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city. Belfast has many attractions, such as the Titanic Museum and Belfast Castle.
County Armagh has deep connections with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Hundreds of years ago, in the place that is now the city of Armagh, St. Patrick decided to set up his original church. There are now two churches named after Ireland’s patron saint in Armagh, one Catholic and the other Church of England, facing each other on top of their respective hills. Rural Armagh has apple orchards that been cultivated since the twelfth century, and is even called the “Orchard County” for its widespread harvest!
County Down holds a special sort of magic. Writer C.S. Lewis, of Narnia fame, grew up near County Down’s mystical Mourne Mountains, and said that the landscape inspired his fantastical world. From the Mourne mountains to the lush green forests and groomed golf course, County Down has a varied and stunning landscape that inspire Field Day, one of our suppliers of beautiful candles and soaps!
Though not connected to the Atlantic Ocean, County Fermanagh has two large lakes in the middle of the county! Fishing and boating are important industries in County Fermanagh, and visitors can go Island-hopping on a kayak or even take an underground waterways tour! Co. Fermanagh is largely rural, with small towns and houses dotting the hilly countryside.