Our Latest Member -- Des Lee and Dolmen County Retailers

About Us

In one simple sentence, we provide people abroad with a taste of Ireland! We believe that Ireland is the best place in the world to grow up, one of the best places to holiday and not a bad place to live. It is a small island though and there just isn't enough room here for everybody..... so we have decided to bring Ireland to you!

If you want Irish food, gift or crafts, you have come to the right place. We currently stock some of Ireland's favourite foods and we intend on increasing our range over the next few months. Our selection of gifts and crafts is also increasing so that you can get that perfect gift delivered anywhere in the world with just a few clicks!

Irish people living abroad have often longed for a taste of home, whether it is the tea, chocolate, crisps or biscuits that they grew up with. We aim to provide a full range of these items so that you can order all of your old favourites in one go and have them shipped to wherever you are in the world!

Every Christmas, and often during the year, Irish mammies are called on to send their sons and daughters abroad a "care package" with their favourite foods from home. Love in its most edible form! We take the hassle away from mammy by supplying all the product and saving her the time and effort of packaging and then having to queue at the post office. We take care of it all, and can even include a message from mammy at no extra cost!

And for those who just love everything Irish or just want to try something new, we have plenty here for you!

We believe that Irish food and crafts are among the finest and most unique in the world. While we make sure to stock the traditional and favourite brands, we also spend time seeking out new Irish producers who produce quality products. We believe that their products deserve to be showcased to a wider audience and that wherever you are in the world, you deserve a taste of this new Ireland, as well as the old!

We are always introducing new products and the best ways to keep up to date with our new ranges is to like our facebook page or join our mailing list by sending us your name and email address (sign-up form is on our home page).

We are based in County Carlow, in the southeast of Ireland. It is the second smallest county in Ireland but one of the most beautiful. Carlow is less than an hour from the major cities of Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford. The second largest river in Ireland runs through the county which is scattered with some amazing scenery and beauty spots. In Carlow you will also find a number of ancient monuments including Browneshill Dolmen which our logo is based on. The capstone on the dolmen is the heaviest in Europe! You can find out more about Carlow through our friends in Carlow Tours.

Dolmen County Retailers is a part of Dolmen County Group which was set up in County Carlow, Ireland in late 2013. We are an online retailer who promotes, advertises and sells quality Irish product to customers all around the world. With over 90 million people around the world with Irish heritage, we decided to set up our online store so that wherever you are in the world, you can buy Irish product and have it delivered directly to your door!

Almost one million people have emigrated from Ireland since the year 2000 and there are now more Irish people living outside the country than in Ireland itself! While some are lucky enough to be living close to stores that sell Irish product, many can only get their favourite products by asking family to post them from Ireland, or by ordering online.

We offer a service that suits the customer abroad and their family at home, who no longer need to visit numerous shops and face long queues at their local post office. Orders placed on our website are packed carefully and usually shipped within 48 hours of confirmed payment. We can even include a message with the order from the customer’s family at home.

In taking our vision even further, we plan on introducing Irish people around the world to some of the newer products that are being manufactured around the country that they may not even be aware of. It also allows these newer manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their products to a worldwide audience!

The success of Dolmen County Retailers is in the hands of its customers, but is guided by Des Lee, the owner, who has a background that encompasses retail, customer service, marketing and business management. In fact, he has worked for some of Ireland’s biggest retailers in the past, including Centra, Woodies, Golden Discs, Hughes & Hughes, Power Supermarkets, Xtra-vision and World of Wonder. Des set up Dolmen County Retailers at the tail end of the biggest recession Ireland has ever experienced. Despite spending three years unemployed and facing the threat of losing his own home, Des has returned to education, gained his degree in business, participated in a number of internships and built his business from nothing. If you are dealing with someone who has that level of experience, fire, passion and enthusiasm to do well, you know you are in good hands!

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Comment by Nollaig 2016 on November 14, 2016 at 7:25am

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