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Celtic Treasures Irish Christmas. 2006

Paul O'Donnell (no relation) says you don't have to go to Dublin or shop at Shannon Airport to go Irish for Christmas. A good Father, in fact, did his gift shopping at Celtic Treasures before he made his annual pilgrimage to Ireland.

He told Paul, I'm just going to be too busy to shop for gifts to bring back.

You can bet he found just the right authentic Irish gifts, too. Celtic Treasures opened 12 years ago and has now become a major stop for Irish manufacturers and importers to show their wares.

Paul says he is still visiting major trade shows in Ireland (and family) but he says it is just so convenient having the vendors at the store. I can compare what they are offering with what I carry at the store. It helps me manage our goods.

One little problem with vendors visiting was display cases which they brought. Paul says that those cases were starting to really take up space.

No more. Paul and his staff closed the shop for a day and banished many of the cases and opened up the aisles. Paul says visitors have been remarking on the spacious the store is now. Paul says it is also much more wheelchair friendly.

When you visit Celtic Treasures, you'll find Paul with Keith and Sue ready to help you realize your emerald-green dreams of Christmas.

Keith Fotheringham, no, that's not an Irish name, but Keith is amazingly knowledgeable on all things Irish.

Irish Coat-of-Arms, family histories, framed and mounted for display are Celtic Treasures specialties and Keith will have your family history framed and waiting for you after you have lunch at one of our fine Broadway restaurants.

Sue Mullins is the Irish jewelry expert and she says any woman would love a hand-crafted Claddagh ring for

Christmas. Sue will make sure it's the right fit, too. Christmas

gift recipients are encourage to visit Sue after Christmas to check the fit. Exchanges are gladly made.

You don't have to be Irish to love Guiness. And Celtic Treasures has a full assortment of Guiness mugs, steins, bottle openers, caps, coolers, golf head covers, clocks, collectible tin wall calendars, pub glasses and more.

Speaking of pubs, no rec room is complete without your own customized pub sign, Check out the O'Donnell's Pub sign on the wall. It takes a couple weeks but you can have an identical sign except it carry's your name. And Paul says that orders now will be ready by Christmas. Just right for a New Year's party.

You will want to check out the hand-crafted Irish knit sweaters - included the classic Aran Isles fisherman knits. Paul says that if your size is not there - spacial orders can be filled quickly.

I know - I and Brendan have big heads - and our deerstalker caps (just like the one Sherlock Holmes wears) had to be special ordered. Took less than two weeks.

What's better on Christmas morning than waking up to the Chieftains' Bells of Dublin CD (one of hundreds of Irish Music CD's) and a cup of Barry's good Black Irish Breakfast Tea. Celtic Treasures now has Barry's Green Tea, too. You'll find both at Celtic Treasures. You'll also find a full assortment of Irish books, cards and calendars. And speak of the season Irish leprechaun Christmas tree ornaments.