Originally posted August 14, 2013
Irish Traditions is Maryland’s premier importer of fine jewelry, clothing, home accessories, food and gifts from Ireland and Scotland, with two locations on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Besides offering the highest quality products, Irish Traditions provides guidance on incorporating Irish or Scottish heritage into life’s celebrations, including baptisms, first communions, weddings and holidays. Kilts and other tartan wear are available for purchase or for rental. For those who want to experience Ireland first hand, they can make travel arrangements for independent or escorted trips to Ireland & Scotland, including a custom designed escorted tour of Ireland annually.
Proprietor Margaret Barry McLemore opened her first shop in 2005 on Maryland’s Eastern shore. Five years later the Annapolis shop opened. Joanie Martin, manager, is originally from County Wicklow. Joanie continues Ireland’s equestrian heritage on this side of the Atlantic as an active member of a local fox hunting club.
Margaret’s father is a native of County Kerry, and can frequently be found in the shop telling stories about St. Brendan the Navigator (who discovered America in 484AD having sailed across the Atlantic in a currach – a traditional Irish fishing boat) and other sons of Erin, including John Barry (no relations), from Wexford, the First Flag Officer and Father of the U.S. Navy. Annapolis has historic connections to Scotland as well as Ireland. Named for Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuart, Annapolis commemorates its Scottish connection with a thistle on the City flag and seal.
The Spirit Of Ireland Magazine, Vol 1, Issue 2, Autumn/Winter 2012
The Spirit Of Ireland Magazine