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Dublin Charity Shops

BY CLAIRE ADAMS, STUDY ABROAD STUDENT FROM BARNARD COLLEGE, MICHAELMAS TERM 2019

I love thrifting. Retail shopping just doesn’t provide the same thrill of finding the perfect, yet inexpensive, top after scouring through racks of clothes. At thrift shops, or charity shops as they are called in Ireland, you never know what you are going to find, which makes it so much for exciting. Plus, buying second-hand items is good for the environment, and most charity shops support community initiatives as well. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when I stop in my first charity shop in Dublin. The people were friendly, the prices were unbeatable, and, most importantly, thrifting helped me feel at home in Dublin.

This list contains my favorite Dublin charity shops that have great deals, but I encourage you to type “charity shops” into Google maps wherever you are and just go exploring. (One of the best parts of the Dublin charity shops is that they tend to be clustered together so when you find one, there is usually more nearby!) But remember, most charity shops in Dublin are closed on Sundays so plan accordingly!

Charity Shops near Jervis Shopping Mall (who needs retail!

Irish Cancer Society Charity Shop

This charity shop is a great place to find inexpensive holiday attire, especially for Halloween and Christmas. It is a rather small shop with clothes in the front and random accessories and holiday gear towards the back. The clothes tend to be in the 3€ to 5€ range, and they do not have a section for 1€ items like many other shops do. Nevertheless, this is the best stop for all your festive needs.


Casa Charity Shop

This charity shop is a great place to pick up a mismatched set of dishes as they have a bookcase of them in the front. They also have a rack in the back with items for 1€, which often has a lot of men’s dress shirts from places like Dunnes, so if that’s what you are looking for, this shop is perfect for you. Otherwise, this shop has mostly clothes from places such as Dunnes and Primark at slightly higher prices than elsewhere. The racks are usually jam-packed though so if you look through everything, you can find some good deals! *There is also another Enable Ireland Charity Shop next to the Casa charity shop that is similar to the one described below.

The Goodwill Thrift Shop

This charity shop has the most eclectic collection of items out of all the charity shops on this list. It has everything from old records to nice jewelry to a 1€ rack in the back to several bookcases full of books. Because there is such a wide range of items, you never know what you will find. There is also sometimes a small selection of kitchenware, such as plates and cooking utensils, but they do seem to sell out pretty fast. The quirkiest part of this shop, however, is the tattoo parlor in the back!

Charity Shops on Dame St./Thomas St. (near Binary Hub)

Many international students, like myself, end up living in Binary Hub. Binary Hub is about a 30-minute walk from Trinity’s campus straight (well as straight as Dublin streets go) along Dame St., which eventually turns into Thomas St. Luckily, there are some good charity shops to check out as you walk.

Dublin Simon Community Thomas Street Charity Shop

This charity shop is the closest one to Binary Hub (meaning it is also the furthest from Trinity), but it is worth the walk. There is usually a basket of books out front for 0.50€. They also have a rack of mostly tops, dresses, and light jackets for 2€ right inside the door. While this shop doesn’t have a 1€ section, it does boast a cheap selection of jackets for both men and women. I found one jacket for 6€ from H&M. It was perfect for the cold weather at the beginning of November that I was not expecting.

The Enable Ireland Charity Shop

This charity shop is on the opposite side of the street, only a block and a half away from Dublin Simon Community Thomas Street Charity Shop in the direction of Trinity. This shop is a bit pricier than the others and the quality tends to be better because of it. This shop has mostly clothes and shoes. It does carry jackets for about 20€ each, and they tend to be nicer (so possibly warmer) than the ones you would find elsewhere. This shop also has a good selection of books as well. All round, it is worth the visit since it is close to the other shops in this part of the list, but be prepared to pay a little more on most items.

NCBI Charity Shop

This charity shop is only one storefront down, towards Trinity, from Enable Ireland Charity Shop. It is one of my favorites as it has several racks of clothes for 1€ in the back section all the time! Most other items in the shop are between 3€ and 5€. This shop mostly has clothing (shirts, pants, skirts, dresses etc). It doesn’t, however, have many coats. It has a small section of bags and jewelry at the front. It also has a section of ball gowns and blazers in the back so as long as you aren’t looking for something high-end, this shop is a good place to pick up an outfit for your society’s formal!

Museums of Dublin

Fancy soaking up a bit of history and culture while you’re in Dublin? Why not visit one of the many museums and cultural exhibitions around the city. From Modern Art to Natural History to Leprechauns, Dublin has a lot to offer.

– The Artistic

National_Gallery_of_Ireland_Millennium_wing_outsideNational Gallery of Ireland

Dating back over 150 years and packed full of fantastic pieces from both Irish and European fine art, the National Gallery of Ireland is one of the best ways to spend an inclement afternoon in Dublin. You can take your time exploring the many wings of art and sculpture that it has on offer for free. Take a free audio guide from the information desk or take a free tour to properly immerse yourself in the European and Irish masterpieces, you’ll soon find that many hours have passed along with the bad weather. Entry: Free| Location: Nassau Street

Barry_Flanagan_The_Drummer_IMMAIrish Museum of Modern Art

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), is Ireland’s leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. In addition to the collection IMMA presents a dynamic and changing programme of exhibitions from Irish and International Artists, and complimentary education and family programmes throughout the year including a dynamic Talks programme and the IMMA studio and national programmes. The Museum is housed in the 17th century Royal Hospital building in Kilmainham, Dublin, whose beautiful grounds include a formal garden, meadow and medieval burial grounds.  Facilities include a café, bookshop and free guided tours of exhibitions. Entry: Free| Location: Royal Hospital Kilmainham

– The Historic

Dublin-National-History-Museum-2012Natural Museum of Ireland – Natural History

Natural History Museums are common in every European capital and there’s a good reason why. Both adults and children alike love to marvel at the animals and creatures of the past and Dublin has one of the most impressive zoological exhibits. Located within the same complex as the National Museum of Ireland, the natural history building has been operating since 1856 and was restored in 2010 to allow visitors to get more up close and personal with the collection. The ground floor is dedicated to Irish animals, featuring giant deer skeletons and a variety of mammals, birds and fish. The upper floors of the building were laid out in the 19th Century in a scientific arrangement showing animals by taxonomic groupEntry: Free| Location: Merrion Street

National_Museum_of_IrelandNational Museum of Ireland – Archaeology and History

The National Museum Of Ireland was built in the 1880s and today is the national repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and is the home to over two million artefacts. The Treasury exhibition space has recently undergone a major refurbishment where you can see iconic artefacts such as the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. As well as these priceless artefacts,  other permanent displays include Irish Silver and glassware, the Viking exhibition, the War of Independence exhibition and more. Make sure to visit the Kingship and Sacrifice exhibition which includes recently found bog bodies! Entry: Free| Location: Kildare Street

Collins_Barracks_Museum_courtyard_westNational Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History

Collins Barracks in Dublin City could be said to be the National Museum of Ireland’s largest artefact, having had a unique history all of its own in another life. Collins Barracks has been completely renovated and restored to become the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, charting Ireland’s economic, social, political and military progress through the ages.

Artefacts on display range from silver, ceramic and glassware pieces to weaponry, furniture, examples of folk life and costume. All of these are displayed with imagination in innovative and contemporary galleries, which entice you to go further, look harder and examine more closely. Entry: Free| Location: Collins Barracks

– The Unconventional

LeprNational Leprechaun Museum

Irish people have told stories about the Leprechaun for more than a thousand years. There are many tales about him and the people he meets. The National Leprechaun Museum, the first ever attraction dedicated to Irish mythology, opens up a fun and magical world full of fascinating folklore, mythology and enchanting stories. Based in the heart of Dublin, you will explore the museum on a guided tour with a storyteller. They will bring you through the spaces and tell you more about Irish folklore and mythology. You’ll explore spaces that reflect these stories, or recreates experiences typically associated with leprechauns. The result is a series of captivating, interactive experiences – from the first ever sighting back in the eighth century, through to modern day representations of the leprechaun in film and popular culture – and plenty of adventures in between. Entry: €10 for Students| Location: Jervis Street

Little Museum of DublinThe Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin opened in October 2011. The museum is spaced out on 2 floors of a Georgian house. It recalls what Dublin was all about during the 20th century and the exhibition has been widely praised in the international media. The Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of Dublin city from the year 1900 up to 2000 and showcases the remarkable transformation that the city went through in the last century. Visitors to the museum will witness the violent birth of the Irish nation, the conservative years that followed the false economic hope of the 1960s and the Celtic Tiger boom of the 1990s. Photographs, art and newspapers are some of the artefacts that tell the story of the city along with the influence of politics and power.  Entry: €3 for Students| Location: Stephens Green

National Wax Museum PlusNational Wax Museum Plus

This unique Dublin Museum is an outstandingly original visitor attraction and has been designed to deliver an interactive experience unlike any other museum in the city.  The museum is full of characters and exhibits, from historical figures to cartoon characters, and everything else in between. As indicated by the PLUS in the name, it’s not only wax figures either. The museum has much more to explore and experience, such as the Science and Discovery Zone, Recording Studio and the Wax Factor Green Screen. It’s great fun for all. Entry: €10 for Students| Location: College Green

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

Best Student Friendly Restaurants in Dublin?

No matter the time of year, students are always on the look out for opportunities to eat out without breaking the bank, David rounds up some of his favourite student (and budget) friendly restaurants in the city.

1. The Mongolian Barbeque

Mongolian BBQ in Temple Bar prides itself on being one of Dublin’s most unique dining experiences. The idea is simple, you get a bowl and fill it with raw ingredients; from fresh meats to a huge array of seasonal vegetables. Add some Herbs and spices of your choice, and finally top off your creation from the specially selected sauces. Then just hand your bowl to one of the grillers and they will stir-fry it to perfection, right in front of your eyes. The more you can manage to fit into your bowl, the more food you can have! One trip to the buffet costs €5.90 with their Lunch Special (12pm to 4.30pm), and they offer student discounts on top! Check out the menu.

2. Tolteca

One of the closest burrito places to Trinity, Tolteca is a favourite for many students due to its good food and fast service. Located on Suffolk Street, just off Grafton Street, Tolteca offers a €6.50 Student Deal which covers a full burrito and a drink (with free refills!). Check out the menu.

3. KC Peaches

One of the closest, if not the closest restaurant to Trinity, KC Peaches offers healthy and filling lunch and dinner options. They have a range of different sized takeaway boxes and eat-in plates, starting from as little as €5. With a large variety of self-serving salads and hot meals, you can mix and match what you want and fill your plate for a great meal! Check out the menu.

4. Yum Thai

Less than a 3 minute walk from Trinity, Yum Thai is situated just off Dawson Street, Yum Thai is a tiny restaurant but packs a lot of punch. Choose from a range of tasty thai dishes, all for only €5 with a student card, and they’ll pack your takeaway box to the brim. Beware though, there’s hardly any room to sit inside, so keep an eye on the weather in case you don’t want to have to eat outside.

5. Skinflint

This seriously cool pizza parlour is located on Crane Lane, just off of Dame Street, and has a wide selection of tasty pizzas (which are rumoured to be named after the staffs mothers). The regular prices (€8-12) are very reasonable but they sometimes do 2-for-1 deals for students (with valid student cards) so keep and eye out for the worthwhile meals! Check out the menu.

6. CrackBird

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Based in an old Chinese restaurant on Dame Street (it still has the original decor), CrackBird offers a simply yet fulfilling menu of fried chicken, with the quality of their chicken that really makes it a cut above the rest. You can opt for a full or half chicken in either buttermilk batter or soy and garlic. The sides are all reasonably priced and you can wash it down with a large jam jar full of lime and ginger spritz or homemade lemonade. Similar to Skinflint, CrackBird occasionally offer 2-for-1 deals for Students; making it even better! Check out the menu.

7. Neon

Asian Street Food is how this place is advertised, it does good food fast, not fast food. Based on Camden Street, Neon offers a wide range of excellently prepared and affordable Asian dishes, all of which you can enjoy at their large, communal tables. Each meal comes with an ice cream cone and for desert there’s a Do-It-Yourself ice cream machine; just remember to bring your own chocolate flake! Check out the menu.

8. Wagamama

Part of an international chain of Japanese Noodle Houses but much better than the average chain restaurant. You can spend a lot here – it’s definitely the upper end of budget – but students can avail of the 2-for-1 mid week meals, making it excellent value for the variety of Asian dishes you can try. Check out the menu.

9. Captain Americas

Tucked away near the top of Grafton Street, Captain America’s offers classic, wholesome American food. From burgers and chips, to steaks and pizzas, Captain America’s is a lovely family diner during the day and a lively student hangout at night. They offer 2-for-1 meal deals during the week and from Monday to Wednesday. Captain America’s is worth the trip simply just to see the decor inside; wall to wall is dressed with a variety of signed music merchandise from past and present music legends! Check out the menu.

10. Jo Burger Town

Jo’Burger’s a trendy joint; a sibling of Crackbird and Skinflint, it has a similar vibe while also being unique in its own way. There is a casual atmosphere  with a menu which mainly specialises in burgers but there are other choices for those in the mood for something else, including options for those with dietary needs. Delicious, tasty food at affordable prices. Check out the menu.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.