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It’s that time of the year when we are trying to figure out ways to make our moms feel special. Don’t get us wrong, we should take care of our moms every day, but we hope we can give you a few ideas on how to show appreciation for the upcoming Mother’s Day.
Our Dun Laoghaire businesses have something for all tastes. Whether it is a day of pampering in a salon, a good show, or book, we are sure you’d be able to find something that would cheer up your mom.
Check out below gift recommendations from our local businesses.
Treat your mom with a day of pampering at a beauty salon. We know an excellent place in Dun Laoghaire for this. The highly regarded salon Essence of Beauty have their doors open for everyone who wishes for the best of professional beauty and hair services. Their manager Raquel was very kind to share more details about the business.
The Essence of beauty will be celebrating 10 years in business. They are motivated by passion and love towards the beauty industry. Taking care of people and making them feel good is in the main focus. Creating a peaceful and enjoying environment in the salon where people can relax is very important, too.
The Essence of Beauty has almost everything from hair to beauty and spa treatments. Their staff are always friendly and professional working together well to create a relaxing environment. All in all, this is a perfect place to escape from our daily routine.
Raquel Lopes, manager at Essence of Beauty
Something special for Mother’s Day from Essence of Beauty
The Essence of Beauty salon has many wonderful specials for the Mother’s Day. They recommend Vitamin C or Lifting facial and full body massage for €72, Paraffin wax or De Luxe Manicure and Pedicure for €69, and blow dry for €12.
They also recommend getting a gift voucher so that your mom can choose form the variety of treatments and pampering packages.
How to Buy From Essence of Beauty
You can buy the voucher online and it will be sent to you via email or you can collect it in the salon. You can also stop by the salon in person on the George’s Lower Street.
Here’s where you can find Essence of Beauty:
110 George’s Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire
If you can thing of one way to make your mom feel beautiful, important, and happy, it’s by giving her jewellery. Dun Laoghaire is proud to have long standing family businesses among jewellers and one of them is O’Connor Jewellers shop. We were delighted to speak to Niamh O’Connor who shared a bit of their family and business history.
The shop is Dun Laoghaire was opened in 1949 by Niamh’s grandfather. Her parents are the owners now and when the time comes she hopes to take on the business. This is great responsibility but also a motivation, because the jewellery business has such a long tradition in their family. It’s always a great pleasure to serve people of Dun Laoghaire, to look after them and be a part of special moments in their lives says Niamh. O’Connor’s are proud to have 3rd of 4th generations of people coming into their shop from the same family for jewellery. Ear-piercing is a big part of their business so there are many anecdotes shared by customers as they had an opportunity to be served by Niamh’s grandfather.
Trust in their business is another big consideration for people that choose O’Connor Jewellers. People are bringing in their prized jewellery, like diamond rings, for repair and they can be confident to get the product back in an excellent condition.
Regarding the prices, there’s something for everyone. Their range start from €20 or €25 right up to €7,000 – €8,000, so there is something for everyone’s price range.
Something special for Mother’s Day from O’Connor Jewellers
Niamh would recommend a lovely range of pendants that could be personalised. A nice little disk where the staff can engrave mom’s initials on it, or a little star or heart. All charms come under €60 mark. They also could be personalised depending on the person who is buying a gift – kids, husband, etc.
O’Connor jewellery also has a nice selection of watches, bracelets, and earrings.
How to Buy From O’Connor Jewellers
Niamh recommend stopping by the shop on the George’s Street to buy jewellery. People usually like to see, feel, and try it on before committing to buy jewellery. You can also call the shop at (01) 280 5880 or find them on Facebook.
Here’s where you can find O’Connor Jewellers:
51 George’s Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire
(01) 280 5880
If you mom enjoys a good show then the Pavilion theatre in Dun Laoghaire won’t leave her disappointed. We spoke to their marketing and communication manager Dónal to find out more about theatre and what their program looks like for the spring 2022.
The Pavilion Theatre has been a part of Dun Laoghaire history for more than a century, with first shows back in 1903. The theatre we know today was built in 2000 and since its beginning it established itself as a centre for cultural and entertainment events with thousands of visitors each year. It has a capacity for 324 seats and it has a diverse program to entertain audience from Ireland and all over the world. Dónal himself has worked with the theatre for more than 5 years. With his background in psychology, HR, and art he found himself very much at home in the world of arts.
The Pavilion Theatre provides a high-standard multicultural events in all forms to the people of Dun Laoghaire and that’s one of the main reasons why it stayed for so long. On any given week you’d be able to see movies, plays, concerts, famous stand-up comedians, dance shows, and shows for families and children.
For a long time in the past the Pavilion Theatre was cinema, but now it is multi-purpose arts venue. Each program is carefully made, with renowned Irish and international performers, they never take anything for granted, and the venue is packed with events. They also like to take risks sometimes and present unusual performances which is something that makes them stand out from other theatres. Audiences in Dan Laoghaire are open to new experiences and taking chances, so those experiments usually pay off.
Dónal Kennedy, Communications and Marketing Manager at Pavilion Theatre with Lorna O’Dea
Something special for Mother’s Day from Pavilion Theatre
Pavilion theatre has great a great event for this Mother’s Day. On Mother’s day itself they are hosting a fantastic duo – Irish singer-songwriter Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella that will celebrate the release of their debut album as a duo, “Oh, the Starlings”. The music is in the folk genre and it’s a great choice for people who are fans of Christy Moore or Mary Black. With songs, stories and harmonies that transport the listener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart. The show starts at 5 pm and it’s a perfect event to bring your mom to.
How to Buy From Pavilion Theatre
You can book the event online on the Pavilion’s website. You can also come to the venue on the Marine road to buy tickets and collect printed programs. They are proud of their Spring 2022 brochures which you can take home and highlight the shows you’d like to watch. You can also call the theatre at (01) 231 2929. The box office is open every day from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Here’s where you can find Pavilion Theatre:
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire
(01) 231 2929
There’s nothing like a cozy snuggle with a good book. Maybe your mom just needs a few minutes (or hours) of peace and quiet, so why not give her that. Our friends from Dubray Books offer a wide range of titles, suitable for every taste. We were delighted to find out more about the shop from their staff member Adam.
Dubray Books is in business since they opened their first shop in Bray in 1973. The Dun Laoghaire shop opened in 2003 when Dubray acquired Bookstop in Dun Laoghaire and Blackrock Shopping Centres. It’s the first port of call for book clubs and book lovers in Dun Laoghaire and Adam’s colleague Mary is something of a local celebrity. Many people will come to the Dun Laoghaire branch seeking her wisdom specifically.
Adam personally takes pride in being a tentpole of the local community and this inspires him to work hard for his customers indeed all staff are deeply knowledgeable and passionate about the book trade.
Adam Donnelly, Employee at Dubray Books Dun Laoghaire
Something special for Mother’s Day from Dubray Books
Dubray Books has a great selection of books, stationery and gifts in their shop. Adam is recommending “Fierce Appetites” by Elizabeth Boyle.
Other recommended books are: “Again, Rachel” by Marian Keyes. “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley, “Run Rose Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson, “Nora: A Love story of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce” by Nuala O’Connor and many more.
How to Buy From Dubray Books
You can buy from Dubray Books in store, from their website and over the phone (01) 280 9917.
Here’s where you can find Dubray Books Dun Laoghaire:
UNIT 219, Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre
(01) 280 9917
Ready to Surprise Your Mom?
With so many great gift options, it’s very hard to pick. But if you know your mom, you’d know what she’d like best, so go and buy something that will make her day. Dun Laoghaire shops a have great choice of all kids of gifts as always. Happy Mothers’ Day to all Dun Laoghaire moms from Dun Laoghaire Town team.
Thank you for supporting our Dun Laoghaire business community!
Please note that all participants in the above photos kindly met at their business location by appointment in a socially distanced manner and temporarily removed their face masks to pose for the photos for this feature.
For a list of all the retail outlets in our town please see our Dún Laoghaire Town business directory.
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