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17 places to get fish and chips in Ireland before you die

The very best.

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FISH AND CHIPS hold a special place in the hearts of many. And as we all know, the best way to indulge in them is straight out of the local chipper.

So, here are finest fish and chip establishments from around the country:

1. Donkey Ford’s, Limerick

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This just might have the reputation as the best fish and chips in the country (outside the more traditionally famous places) and it’s a mantle that is well deserved. Donkey Ford’s is Limerick and the Limerick people guard its reputation closely. If you’re down that direction, you have to try it.

2. Reel Dingle Fish, Dingle, Kerry

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On Bridge Street in the centre of Dingle town, the Reel Dingle Fish takeaway is a semi-legendary haunt for those looking for a wide array of fresh fish – ranging from the standard cod all the way to monkfish, all locally sourced.

3. Fish Shop, Dublin

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The Fish Shop earned its reputation for quality fish and chips out in Blackrock, but they have recently opened another establishment closer to Dublin’s city centre in Smithfield. If it’s anything like the quality in its original premises, it will soon be one of the most popular purveyors of fish and chips in the capital.

4. Jack Jordan’s, Doughiska, Galway

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In Doughiska on the east side of Galway city, people have been known to travel from far and wide to get their paws on some of Jack’s fish suppers. They even have a gluten free option for those that are still looking to get their fish and chips fix, without that pesky gluten getting in the way.

5. Jackie Lennox’s, Cork

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Along with KC’s in Douglas, Jackie Lennox’s in the city centre is Cork’s most well known fast food establishment. If you’re looking for fish and chips, Jackie’s is where it’s at.

6. Fiorentini’s, Derry

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Fiorentini’s has been serving up fish and chips in Derry for over 100 years at this stage, and the locals show no signs of losing their appetite for it. They are equally as well known for their Italian ice cream, so it would be rude not to have one of them straight after.

7. The Saltee Chipper, Kilmore Quay, Wexford

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Kilmore Quay sits right on the south coast of County Wexford, and there you will find perhaps the South East’s finest fish and chip shop. You can sit outside and look out over the water, but the real reason you’re there is the sumptuous fish and gorgeous chips on offer – as well as a 99 to finish.

8. Golden Fry, Ballinlough Road, Cork

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The age old debate about whether this Cork instiution serves a better fish and chips than the other in Jackie Lennox’s won’t be settled here. Suffice to say that The Golden Fry on the Ballinlough Road has plenty of support on the ground. It might just come down to whichever one you’re closest to.

9. Longs, Belfast

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Known in Belfast for their huge portions of old school, straight-up fish and chips. If you’re in the city, it’s right behind the Europa Hotel. It doesn’t come more traditional Belfast than this.

10. Donegal’s Famous Chipper, Donegal Town

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It’s all in the name. Situated in the center of Donegal town, the Famous Chipper has unrivaled access to fresh fish – and serves it up nicely.

11. McDonagh’s, Galway

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McDonagh’s is up there with the most famous fish and chip shops in Ireland – and it has won that reputation through sheer, consistent quality. Its city centre location means that it’s handy to get to, as well as ensuring a stream of soon-to-be satisfied customers queuing for its grub.

12. Leo Burdock, Dublin

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Perhaps Burdock’s has too high a reputation – given its massive popularity amongst locals and tourists alike. This means that expectations can be a little high going in, but they often reach them with seriously good quality fish and sizeable portions.

13. Luigi’s, Longford town

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Regarded by locals as a rival to any fish and chip establishment in the country, many Longford people will point you this way if you’re in the town and looking for your fix.

14. Super Miss Sue, Dublin

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The restaurant side of Super Miss Sue on Drury Street is excellent, but it’s the chipper side where you get the classic fish and chips, done to perfection.

15. Dooly’s, Tramore, Waterford

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With two locations in Tramore, Waterford, locals rave about Dooly’s fresh quality and epic portion sizes.

16. Wharton’s Fish & Chips, Kenmare, Kerry


Everything in Wharton’s is done right before your eyes – from the batter being put on to the frying itself. It’s right in the town centre and benefits from a constant supply of fresh fish. There is also a delightful Wharton’s fish and chip shop in Bantry town centre as well.

17. Beshoff Bros, Dublin

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Another Dublin institution that has opened its doors in a few locations in town, but it’s the Howth establishment that made its name. Excellent fish and chips in the sea air – there’s nothing better.

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David Elkin

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