Across the country, local Irish and Celtic shops represent the heartbeat of Irish culture in their communities, a place for Irish Americans to connect with their roots and for those in the larger community to learn more about everything Ireland has to offer.
Faith & Begorra was founded 28 years ago, on June 2, 1992. Susan Banks and her husband Dennis are the proud parents of five children and noticed that when it came time for them to make their First Holy Communions, they always had a surprisingly tricky time finding apparel and appropriate gifts for the sacrament.
Faith & Begorra is located in downtown Denville, in a 2,500 sq feet corner shop, 25 miles due west of NYC in New Jersey. “Our shop has the facade of an Irish cottage. Our building lends itself to a charming Irish shop, with flower boxes, a stone Celtic Cross, a Statue of Our Lady of Grace, and lace curtains on all the windows,” Susan said. The area has a thriving Irish community, with several organizations, parades, and many pipe bands, bars, and restaurants. Rugby is big locally, as are a few Irish festivals and feis.