Oliver Plunkett St. : Diversity, History, Experience, Service

Jill : shopfrontAs you will all know by now, Household Linens have been open on Oliver Plunkett St. for 25 years since the May weekend. That certainly makes some of us feel just that little bit old(er) but we’re still a long way from being the oldest business on the street… Of course, we are trading in one of the oldest surviving buildings which was originally a brass foundry in the early 1800’s. We share that history with other local buildings – did you know that the G.P.O. was the site of the original Cork Opera House ?

Thankfully, gun cartridges are no longer for sale at this address !


ILN November 23, 1867
The original Cork Opera House on the site of the present G.P.O.






So much has obviously changed but the basic fabric of the street has stayed constant. The other constant is the unique nature of the ‘Merchants’ trading on Oliver Plunkett St. and surrounds…             Over 250 businesses are currently plying their trade in and around this area and (nearly) all retain the Cork tradition of being indigenous, family owned and run. In a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by multi-national conglomerates, it is this feature that gives Cork (and Oliver Plunkett St. in particular) it’s unique ‘flavour’ and ‘character’. QUEEN IRL ENGLISH MARKET9What’s all this leading in to..? Well, the retail trade has suffered more than most in recent years as people, hit by the effects of the recession, have cut back on spending. A group of people have come together, led by Clodagh Daly & Valerie Finnegan-Cahill (of John Daly Opticians & Ikon Hair Style) and they have launched a new initiative aimed at revitalising this historic quarter to make it the ‘must see’ / ‘go to’ destination for shoppers. Think, if you will, of other famous streetscapes such as Chinatown or Bourbon Street or the colour of Las Ramblas…

The energy of Chinatown
The excitement of Bourbon Street
The colour of Las Ramblas


With the imminent arrival of “One Albert Quay” at the eastern end of Oliver Plunkett St. (the new office block scheduled to open in Feb. 2016 is expected to employ 1,600 people) and the “Brewery Quarter” in the old Beamish & Crawford site at the western end, Oliver Plunkett St. is ideally placed to be the main fulcrum for these projects and the potential spin-off can only be imagined. That’s the vision – it’s now down to the retailers themselves who, with the backing of the City Council, can make the “Plunkett Quarter” the envy of every other retailer in the country !

The Plunkett Quarter initiative can be contacted at                              oliverplunkettbrainstorm@gmail.com.

More prizes & more winners !

It’s nice to be able to bring you some good news on a Monday morning… Last week we had Rosarie Long collecting her beautiful prize of a “Dorma” duvet set and on Friday Jane McCarthy was drawn as the winner of a fabulous “Spundown” duvet plus two pillows ! This week we have THREE prizes to give away, courtesy of our friends at “Sheridan”.

Sheridan logoThis Australian company have been known for many years as one of the market leaders in bedding. Their attention to detail and the quality they use is second to none and after you’ve slept in a “Sheridan” duvet cover, or used their sheets, it’s hard to go back to anything else ! Jump over to our facebook page and simply ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ to enter – it’s that easy !

Damask Vanilla HR


“Damask” (pictured above) has been one of their most enduring classical designs and is on offer right now at about 33% off the usual retail price. We also have great value in ‘Sheridan’s’ 400 thread count sheets so why not spoil yourself next time you’re in town !

Celebrating 25 years with help from ‘The Fine Bedding Co’

Anniversary Sale Celebrating 25 years of business on Oliver Plunkett St. !

Following the runaway success of our last giveaway competition we are delighted to announce another great prize, this time courtesy of our friends at the Fine Bedding Co. :) For many years they have been the market leader in terms of product innovation and their duvets and pillows are designed with one purpose – to give you a great  night’s sleep!Unknown-2Again, all you have to do is skip over to our Facebook page, SHARE & LIKE the competition and you may be our lucky winner.

Unknown-1The “Spundown” duvet uses the latest ‘Smartfil’ fibres and these are incredibly soft and light to give you exceptional warmth without weight. Choose from a 13.5 tog, a 10.5 tog or a 7.0 tog. What makes the   “Spundown” duvet unique is that ALL SIZES up to super-king are washable at home in a   domestic machine at a temperature of 60deg. This is the temperature required to kill dust-mites and many of those other nasty bugs that cause asthma & other related conditions.

UnknownSo… how much better can it get..? Well – you can win a double or king “Spundown” duvet of whichever tog rating you like PLUS we are going to give you two “Spundown” pillows as well :)

This is what Jan had to say about her “Spundown” duvet…               “Have just purchased my second Spundown duvet.                             Never had such comfort. Absolutely wonderfully luxurious.”

What are you waiting for ? Get ‘SHARING’ & ‘LIKING‘ !!!


Don’t delay – ‘Share’ today!

7010e32f-b090-4fc7-be1e-da34c206b6c4Just in case you miss it over on our Facebook page, news of a fabulous giveaway from our premier brand “Dorma” ! To help celebrate our 25th. year of business on Oliver Plunkett St., they have given us a Double or King duvet cover PLUS 2 oxford pillowcases to give to one lucky customer. All you have to do is skip over to our Facebook page, ‘Like’ AND ‘Share’ the competition and you can be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize worth up to €215.00 !!! Which is your favourite ?





Neighbours have come and gone…

25 years ago, over the course of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, Household Linens packed up all their stock and moved to their present location at 118 Oliver Plunkett St. If anyone knows where those 25 years have gone – please let us know ! We plan to celebrate by giving away some great prizes with great offers across all our bedding ranges so do stay tuned in to our Facebook page and ‘Like’ to be kept informed. Having opened our doors in 1990 we want to be around for another 25 years with your help ! :)


Sadly, many of our neighbours haven’t lasted the course… :( We remember good neighbours & friends like “Young Ireland” schoolwear & “Regency Interiors”, “Acme Blinds” & “O’Connor Shoes”… Others have just had an identity crisis ! Our closest neighbours in “The Oliver Plunkett” bar were previously known as “Scotts of Caroline St.” and before that “The Black Bush” but it’s always a lively spot as is “The Ovens Bar” across the road, previously named “The Ovens Tavern”; that was back in the day when trams left the nearby yards for all points west.


All aboard for Household Linens 25th. Anniversary Sale !

We have some great memories of 1990… First of all, we had a heatwave that summer, the first really good summer in many many years. Then of course we had Italia 90 (and who can forget that penalty shoot-out!), Mary Robinson was elected President, another President – Melson Mandela visited Ireland, Cork won the double in hurling & football (c’mob the Rebels), the Irish One Pound Coin was introduced and “The Field” starring Richard Harris was released. We would love to hear of your stories and memories of that year so why not share them with us on our Facebook page and we might even give a prize for the best story !

Organic cotton baby blanket.
Organic cotton baby blanket. FRANTIC FRIDAY !

FRANTIC FRIDAY                                    This week’s offer is on baby blankets… Made from Organic cotton, they are free from all chemicals right through from the growing process to manufacture and only natural dyes are used. Previously on sale at €25.00 they are now reduced to only €10.00 

Frantic Friday !

filmscoremonthly-fsm1417Before everyone gets the wrong idea..! Harrison Ford ISN’T coming to visit Household Linens so that’s NOT the reason we’re feeling frantic this Friday :(

The reason is, maybe, a little less exciting than that but, still, exciting in it’s own way. This week we launch a new campaign called “Frantic Friday” and it’s aim is to pick one product each week and offer you incredible value. To launch the promotion we have a huge reduction on the V & A design “Brocatelle”; available in Super-king size only (for all of you with ginormous beds) it is reduced from it’s original price of €190.00 to only €50.00 including 2 oxford pillowcases – but hurry, there is limited stock available. Unfortunately we can’t take orders for these outstanding items over the phone or by email so it really is a case of “first in – first served”!

BROCATELLE: V & A reduced
BROCATELLE: V & A reduced

It’s hard to believe that the film “Frantic” was released in 1988, all of 27 years ago (you can watch a clip of it here). Household Linens was just over ten years in business but we think ourselves and Harrison Ford have aged pretty well ! :) Other stars of the silver screen who have graced our shop include the legendary Maureen O’Hara, famous snoop Jessica Fletcher a.k.a. Angela Lansbury and her friend, once dubbed the most beautiful man in Hollywood, actor Hurd Hatfield with whom she starred in “The Picture Of Dorian Gray”.

We hope we’ll see you following in their footsteps to 118 Oliver Plunkett St. real soon but until then – break a leg !!!

(no, please don’t… We can’t afford the insurance ! lol).

All things vintage…

Whether it’s because of the recession over the last number of years or because people are simply feeling nostalgic for days of yore, there has been a surge of interest in all things ‘vintage’ recently. It has meant a great boost to the many thrift shops in Cork who do such great work here and beyond our shores. Groups like the St. Vincent de Paul, Gorta, Trócaire, Oxfam, The Irish Cancer Society, Enable Ireland, Marymount Hospice, all provide invaluable services and their shops can be your Aladdin’s Cave. ‘Vintage’ clothes are definitely ‘in’ and if you want to get adventurous with a needle & thread then check out Tilly and the buttons in our blogroll to get started.

Here in the shop, vintage florals are also very much in vogue with our particular favourite being the “Country Diary” collection. First ‘published’ by “Dorma” in 1981 they have been reinvented by “Belledorm” and feature pretty florals.

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 11.13.56Our favourite right now is “Sweet Orchard” as it combines traditional frills on both duvet covers, pillowcases and bedspreads. Scoot over to our Facebook page for details of a very special offer that’s available for the month of April!


In the meantime, let’s hope the weather stays fine so we can get out and enjoy some of the real flowers that are coming to life in our gardens!IMG_0369

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