People often think that inner-city hardware or electrical shops are more expensive, or carry a smaller range. I've found that isn't always true, at least not in Galway.
Certainly some of the smaller shops don't have the space to display 17 different models of washing machine, or every type of nail ever invented. But they are run by people who know what is available, and have the contacts to order items and get them delivered quickly.
My favourite local suppliers include:
- Peter Walsh Electrical
- J (Jackie) O'Toole & Sons Light Hardware
- O'Higgins Builders Merchants
- CT Electrics
(more details coming soon)