Our Story – Ireland's Oldest Shop
Jeremiah Higgins is a shop in the west of Ireland that has been passed from generation to generation for over two-hundred years. Started by Patrick Higgins in 1820, who passed it to his son Thomas, who then left it to his son Jeremiah. When Jeremiah passed it to his daughters, they left his name over the door.
The shop has survived through many major events, like the 1840 Irish Famine, the 1916 Easter Rising, World War I and World War II.
Jeremiah Higgins circa 1930s
Old Aligns with New
Eileen and DeliaThe Higgins sisters, Eileen and Delia, ran the shop from the end of World War II to 2015; Leaving an incredible legacy of loyalty, love and persistence. From birth, they lived above the shop with their father Jeremiah, mother Elizabeth and their brothers and sisters. They were the inspiration for the shop today and the protectors of it's history for nearly half a century.
Elizabeth Higgins with her daughter Lily in 1922
The SuppliersThese days we stock high-quality gifts, leather goods, accessories, crafts and more. Some of our brands have been with us since the beginning; as proven by the discovery of a worn rail-crate from Rathbornes.
The DocumentsWe have worked hard to retain the shops features, but we have worked even harder to preserve our collection of historic documents. When you approach the counter, be sure to take a look at what's hiding under the glass. You should see layers of documents, with some dating back as far as 1899. We have everything from birth certificates to shop day books. As you read, you may find yourself lost in the stories that emerge from the pages and letters. Some people have been lucky enough to find their relatives in our books. It is truly unique and comical experience to find your grandmother described vividly in a shop journal, so we're told.
Shop book from circa 1900