I highly recommend you check out the Irish Knitters forum on Ravelry for a much, much more comprehensive list than the one below. It is kept up-to-date and the forum yields more pertinent information than I alone can provide.
The ratio of knitting shops in Ireland is unfortunately not proportional to the amount of sheep we have here. However, here are the ones that I know of. They’re sort of hidden away, and your average person on the street will not know if you ask.
This Is Knit
Powerscourt Centre, just off Grafton Street.
Henry St, opposite Debenhams, in the basement at the back of the shop.
Mostly Tivoli, some Wendy, Patons baby yarns and a huge array of novelty yarns. Pattern support is rubbish, practically non-existant. The one good thing about this shop is that they stock they jumbo-balls of Tivoli aran-weight yarns (400g) for between e9 and e12. These are definitely great value and I haven’t seen them anywhere else. They have recently started stocking Freedom Spirit by Twilleys, Sublime by Sirdar and Donegal Tweed by Kilcarra Yarns.
They stock Aero needles, but only straights between about 4mm upwards, only 3 sizes of circular needles, and no DPNs.
They used to be at the Ha’penny Bridge but have since relocated to Capel St. They used to have an excellent haberdashery and a reasonable amount of yarn, mostly acrylic based. I have not been to their new premises and so cannot say whether or not they have kept this part of their shop.
Wool shop on Parnell Street
This is behind the Ilac Centre, down near the UGC cinema. Be warned: it is disguised as a sewing machine repair shop. They stock mostly Tivoli, but have a good colour selection, better than Hickey’s. Wide variety of cottons (Tivoli and Patons). Some interesting acrylic mixes are always on sale. Needle selection not great.
Situated in Walkinstown I have never had occasion to visit the shop. Check out their website here for more details about how to get there, opening hours and the yarns they stock.
Pippa Blue, formerly Yarn
A select helping of lovely yarns, publications, fabrics and notions. A really lovely little shop to visit and can be depended upon to yield something unusual. Check out Pippa Blue for more details, directions and info on their classes.
There are two Ryans shops in Galway, the Home Store is the one you need. Go to the bottom of shop street, turn right through the market place, and the Home Store is to the right of the school which will be facing you across the road. Yarn section is upstairs. This is an excellent shop for Tivoli. They have practically every type they produce, and in all colours. They have a large selection of novelty yarn, and some german yarn called ‘Braeburn’. They seem to have a good selection of patterns for Tivoli and Wendy (the usual). The selection of needles is not so good. Fair selection of buttons and good pattern support for Tivoli and Wendy.
Interestingly, they have a fab selection of things to sew on (little embellishment things) ranging from jewelly things to googly eyes to beads. They are quite cheap too.
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Jean’s, Cregagh Road. Check out the website here
Simpson’s, in the town centre behind Marks and Spencer’s.
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Fusion, Bridge St. Stocking yarns, patterns and acccessories, this shop can be reached at 096-21249 or email at email@example.com.
Portadown, Co. Armagh
Yarnhouse, 28 Church Street. They stock a wide variety of yarns including Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding, Noro, Rowan, RYC, Wendy, Patons, Elle, and Opal. They also offer a hand knit to order service. Phone at 028 3839 3337 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ennis, Co. Clare
I am told that there is a yarn shop on Parnell St in Ennis but I don’t know the name of it nor can I find any contact details for the shop. Anyone who knows anything about the existence of this shop, let me know!
Limerick city, Co. Limerick
Hickey’s, Cruises St.
Lena’s, William St.
Singer Shop, just off William St.
Crafter’s Basket, Cliffony. Situated 20 minutes north of Sligo town, this shop offers a good selection of yarns and quilting materials, as well as supplies for paper crafting. Check out the website here. Phone the shop at 071 9166515 or email at email@example.com.
That is all I can think of for now. If anybody reads this and can think of another good shop to put on the list, please let me know.
Updated November 2013