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Grocery Shopping in Ireland: A Guide for Newcomers

Grocery Shopping in Ireland: A Guide for Newcomers
Grocery Shopping in Ireland: A Guide for Newcomers

Grocery Shopping in Ireland: A Guide for Newcomers


Relocating to a new country is an exciting adventure, but it can also come with a learning curve, especially when it comes to everyday tasks like grocery shopping. If you’ve recently moved to Ireland or are planning to relocate here, you’ll want to get acquainted with the essentials of grocery shopping. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get to grips with the task of everyday shopping in Ireland.

Grocery Shopping in Ireland: A Guide for Newcomers

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Supermarket Opening Hours


In Ireland, supermarket opening hours can vary, but here are some general guidelines to help you plan your shopping trips:

  • Regular Hours: Most supermarkets in Ireland are open from early in the morning (around 7:00 AM) and close in the evening (around 10:00 PM) on weekdays. On weekends, they may have slightly shorter hours, with Sunday openings often starting later and ending earlier.


  • Late-Night Shopping: Some larger supermarkets and stores in urban areas may offer late-night shopping, staying open until midnight or later, typically on Thursdays and Fridays.


  • Bank Holidays: On public holidays, be prepared for adjusted hours, and some smaller shops might even be closed.


  • Check Local Stores: It’s a good idea to check the specific opening hours of your local supermarket, as they may vary based on the location and size of the store.


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Sale of Alcohol Laws in Ireland


Alcohol laws in Ireland are relatively strict compared to some other countries. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • . Legal Drinking Age: The legal drinking age in Ireland is 18. You must be at least 18 years old to purchase and consume alcohol.


  • Off-Licence and On-Licence: Alcohol can be purchased in two main types of establishments: off-licences (retail stores) and on-licences (bars and restaurants). Supermarkets typically have off-licence sections where you can buy beer, wine, and spirits.


  • Hours of Sale: The sale of alcohol is restricted to limited hours in off-licences and retail stores: Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 10:00pm. Sunday and St Patrick’s Day from 12:30pm to 10:00 pm


  • Responsibility: Irish law emphasises responsible drinking, so it’s important to be aware of your alcohol consumption and not to buy alcohol for minors.


Inside an Irish convenience store

Convenience Stores in Ireland


Convenience stores are prevalent right across Ireland and offer at the minimum a range of basic and essential medical and grocery items. These stores are found in most towns and villages, and are typically open for longer hours than supermarkets, making them a convenient option for last-minute needs or late night cravings. While they may have a smaller selection compared to supermarkets, you can find staples like milk, bread, snacks, and toiletries, at convenient times and close to home.

Many fuel stations also have convenience stores attached, so you can fill up your car and grab your essentials on the go. The major convenience store brands include:

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Supermarket chains in Ireland


Ireland has several supermarket chains where you can do your grocery shopping. Some of the larger ones include:


  • Tesco: One of the largest supermarket chains in Ireland, offering a wide range of products from groceries to electronics.
  • Dunnes: A popular Irish retailer known for its quality food products, clothing, and homeware.
  • Supervalu: Known for its fresh produce and support of Irish suppliers.
  • Aldi and Lidl: Discount supermarket chains that offer a variety of affordable groceries and household items.

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Bonus tips to make the most of your shopping experience


  • Bring Your Own Bags: Ireland is environmentally conscious, and many stores charge for plastic bags. It’s a good idea to bring your reusable shopping bags to save money and reduce plastic waste.


  • Shop Local: Ireland boasts a rich agricultural heritage, and you’ll find many local products and fresh produce at farmers’ markets and smaller stores. Supporting local businesses is a great way to experience the authentic flavours of the country.


  • Loyalty Programs: Many supermarkets offer loyalty programs that can earn you discounts and special offers. Sign up for these programs to save money on your regular purchases.


  • Currency: Ireland uses the Euro (€) as its currency. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the denominations and denominations of coins, as well as using cashless payment methods like debit or credit cards.


  • Seasonal Shopping: Ireland has a temperate climate, which means that seasonal produce varies throughout the year. Take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables for better quality and lower prices.


  • Cooking and Food Culture: Ireland has a rich culinary tradition, so don’t hesitate to explore local dishes and ingredients like Irish stew, soda bread, and fresh seafood. Experimenting with traditional Irish recipes can be a delightful culinary adventure.




Navigating grocery shopping in Ireland can be a seamless experience once you understand the supermarket opening hours, local alcohol restrictions, and the options available. With a variety of supermarket chains and convenience stores at your disposal, you’ll have no trouble finding the essentials you need for your new life in the Emerald Isle. By following these tips and getting familiar with the local grocery shopping scene, you’ll soon feel like a pro when it comes to sourcing and preparing meals in Ireland.

Enjoy exploring the flavors and cultures that the country has to offer while making the most of your shopping experiences! So, grab your reusable shopping bags and explore the local supermarkets for a taste of the Irish culinary scene and everyday necessities.

Sláinte (cheers) to your successful grocery shopping journey in Ireland!



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About the author:


Susan McGuire is originally from London, United Kingdom, and has now lived in Galway, Ireland, for 16 years. She has been with Retail Solutions for almost 8 of those, and during that time has enjoyed various roles within the areas of Maintenance, Finance, & Marketing. You can follow her on LinkedIn!


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