Category Archives: Places & Faces

People and places all over Ireland that work with antiques, vintage, thrift, junk through renovation, upcycling, recycling and more.

Profile: Tullio Orlandi

Chip shops are like pubs in Ireland; there is one on every corner. But on Limerick’s Parnell Street there is one that is not like the others. Luigi’s is a family fish and chip shop opposite the city train station in a fairly unsensational part of town. But step into this long-established eatery and you will be transported to a little piece of Manhattan, New York. Read more…

Shop Guide: The Alternative Furniture Store, Limerick

I only stumbled on this lucky dip of a store when visiting the Ballysimon car boot sale – its in the same retail park. It’s large enough to hold a wide range of different pieces for all tastes, including plenty of second hand new-ish pieces for those who want modern on a budget and even a room-load dedicated to pieces for upcycling. As always I made a beeline for the early-mid 20th century stuff, and today there was plenty. Read more…

Shop Guide: Lucky Lane, Limerick

I grew up in North London in the 90s and made regular weekend trips to the rag-taggle Camden Road Market. Already in the throes of development, the further along you travelled towards the Stables, the more quirky uniqueness you would find. These days it is best avoided during the day, bar for the throngs of determined tourists, so it was with absolute joy that I saw the opening of indoor market Lucky Lane on Limerick’s city centre Catherine Street a few years ago, which epitomises the indie spirit of Camden Market’s Stables all those years ago. Read more…