Inside the shop :: An Spailpín Fánach

An Spailpín Fánach began in 1979 as a small project to set about promoting the Irish language in a modern way by producing and marketing button badges, car stickers and T-shirts, all as Gaeilge. For many years we spent the summer months travelling the length and breadth of the country peddling our wares, and making many new friends especially in the Gaeltacht areas and among Irish speakers everywhere.

Since 1985 An Spailpín Fánach has had its base in the Ceardlann or Craft Village, An Spidéal, an attractive complex of workshops set up by Údarás na Gaeltachta (The Gaeltacht Authority) in a beautiful location, by the sea, in the Conamara Gaeltacht.

Spailpín team on Saint Patrick's Day :: An Spailpín Fánach

Screen-printing is our own craft. We do all design and printing work in-house and try to come up with new ideas and designs on a regular basis. Turlough O'Connor is our print manager, and Hedi Gotthalmseder, a recently adopted Irish-speaking Austrian, manages the shop, while I'm the chief bottle washer and general dog's body.

In summer we are ably assisted by some young local people who contribute greatly to our work. Our designs range from Heritage to Celtic, proverbs and cartoons, and indeed we feel we have something for everyone. We endeavour to keep up with styles in fashion, often adding new garments to our range.

While still concentrating mainly on products of our own design, our shop space in the craft village enables us to offer a huge range of Irish language, Gaeltacht and heritage items including toys & games and lots more. Our aim is to be of service to Irish speakers and to those who wish to include the language in their daily lives. In summertime we also welcome many foreign visitors to our shop and we enjoy sharing our Gaeltacht heritage with them.

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Our Location

Ceardlann, The Spiddal Craft Village :: An Spailpín Fánach

We are based in Ceardlann an Spidéil, The Spiddal Craft Village, an attractive complex of craft units beautifully located overlooking the famous Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. It's only a short 15km drive from Galway City and it's well worth the trip. With 10 craft units to choose from, shopping in the Spiddal Craft Village is a pleasure, and lunch in the award-winning Builín Blasta café, is always a treat. Who knows, but you might even be tempted to a bracing swim or at least a healthy walk on the beach. The area is a Gaeltacht, or a primarily Irish speaking region, so make sure to practice your Irish.

Our Contact Details

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An Spailpín Fánach
+353 (0) 91 553 343
+353 (0) 91 553 017
The Spiddal Craft Village, An Spidéal, Co Galway, Ireland