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We're Open: Get a taste of the Emerald Isle with Tralee Irish Imports

Posted at 6:38 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 07:38:13-05

If you've been searching for a taste of the Emerald Isle, look no further than Tralee Irish Imports.

"I started in 1983 with a full Irish imports shop, I was born in Ireland, and a couple of years ago I just decided to turn it into a food store," says Maureen Murphy Modlinski, owner of Tralee Irish Imports.

With everything from fish, chips, sweets, jams, plus mac and cheese in a can, Maureen and her son Rory, can find you the perfect Irish substitute.

"Each customer is different, they all have their own opinions that for sure. Which is good, because that's what makes a store have a good variety. We pretty much ask what they know, and what they are looking for, and then we kinda gear it toward their taste," says Maureen.

With that said, keeping the shelves stocked with authentic products has been a challenge throughout the pandemic.

"Naturally since everything is imported, we can't just rely on stuff from the states. So we have to deal with stuff coming over from Ireland and the UK. So, it's been up and down," says Rory Modlinski.

But thanks to the community's support, the fight to stay open has been worth it.

"Definitely, it's always a relief to see that we have returning customers. A lot of them have become good friends because they are in a couple of times a week or daily," says Rory.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, curbside and delivery is an option through the online store. Or, you are always welcomed to come inside and have a chat.

"We're kinda like an Irish pub, but without the beer," says Rory.

They might not have beer, but they do have some chocolates with a little extra kick.

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