As you might know GotIreland.com is an Amazon.com affiliate partner. Amazon provides a great way for bloggers to promote their products and earn a small kickback in the process.
Over the last few years, I’ve recommended a number of travel books and other Irish-related products that people travelling to Ireland might want to check out. Amazon have an expansive collection of Irish themed products in their shopping catalog, from books to CDs, home-ware to clothing, and more. They even offer a small selection of Irish food and drink products.
As an affiliate Amazon allows me to look back through a history of products that were ordered via this website (just product info, not who actually bought it). I thought it would make for interesting reading to share the top Irish-related Amazon.com purchases with readers of the site. I’ve broken it up by category and listed the items within in each category in order of popularity. The lists below are based on data from January to June 2015.
Popular Irish Travel Books
A firm favorite of my own, and a book I recommend to all my friends visiting Ireland, Rick Steves Ireland travel guidebook tops this category. The book is a compilation of information acquired by the author from many years of visiting Ireland. Most of the books in this category are updated annually so be sure to go with the latest if making a purchase.
1. Rick Steves’ Ireland
2. Back Roads Ireland (Eyewitness Travel Back Roads)
3. Fodor’s Ireland 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)
4. Frommer’s Ireland 2015 (Color Complete Guide)
5. Lonely Planet Ireland (Travel Guide)
6. National Geographic Traveler: Ireland, 4th Edition
7. Secret Dublin – an Unusual Guide
8. Rick Steves’ Ireland Map
9. Rick Steves’ Snapshot Dublin
10. Ireland (Maps/Country (Michelin))
Popular Children’s Irish Mythical Books
A while back I shared some information about Irish folklore books I read to my children. One of my favorites is A Pot o’Gold, and as shown below it’s a favorite with other shoppers too.
1. A Pot o’ Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of Course) Blarney
2. The O’Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales and Legends
3. That’s What Leprechauns Do
4. O’Sullivan Stew
5. Fiona’s Luck
Popular Irish books in other categories
A couple of other Irish books seemed to be somewhat popular. Here’s 2 that popped up a few times.
1. An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books)
2. The Little Book of Hurling
3. Breaking Balls: The Funny Side of the GAA
4. The GAA: A People’s History
Luggage and worldwide travel adapters are a big favorite with visitors to this site. Here are some of the more popular travel accessories people seem to be purchasing.
1. Universal World Wide All-in-one Safety Travel Charger Wall Charger Adapter Plug Built-in 2.1A Dual USB Ports
2. Ceptics International Worldwide Travel Adapter Plug 5pc Set with Pouch
3. MAXAH Surge Protector All in One Universal Worldwide Travel Wall Charger
4. Everest Hiking BackPack
5. Rockland Luggage 4 piece set
1. Barry’s Tea has popped up on the sales list numerous times over the years. My own favorite…Barry’s Gold Blend
These items are normally popular around St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s no surprise to see them on the list at any time during the year.
1. Irish Turf/Peat Incense Burner with Ceramic Cottage
2. Jewelry Monster Dangling “Wishbone w/ 4 Leaf Clover
3. Ulster Linen Irish Sheep Cotton Tea Towel
CDs and MP3 Downloads
I personally like browsing through the music section to see what kinds of Irish music people are interested in listening to. As a result I’m often introduced to a new artist of song that I end up listening to myself. The Jan-June 2015 list had a couple of surprises:
1. Irish and Celtic Folk Classics
2. The Clancy Brothers – Greatest Irish Hits
3. Learn Irish With Eoin
4. The Best Of The Irish Rovers
5. Whiskey in the Jar: Essential Irish Drinking Songs & Sing Alongs
A number of Irish musical instruments are popular on Amazon. So far this year, GotIreland.com readers have shown interest in the following:
1. Original Feadog Brass Irish Whistle – Key of D
2. Meinl Percussion FD14IBO Irish Bodhran with Goat Skin Head
3. Grover/Trophy FN232 Musical Spoons
4. Clarke CWD Celtic Tin Whistle, Key of D
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