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It’s a world first, and, hey, it’s going to be an inspiration for anyone who’s bumped shoulders with cancer.

Dreamt up by Breakthrough Cancer Research, the idea is gloriously simple.

Let’s celebrate the fact that surviving cancer doesn’t mean a life less lived but one that can be crystalised and energised by this bastard disease.

And with this in mind, survivors such as dancer and paint splatterer Michael Flatley, Senator David Norris, RTE Supergarden winner Grainne Walsh, director Stephen Bradley, 10-year-old bag designer Lily Burke [above] and Bray milliner Sarah McGahon [top, left] have all brought their talents together in the world’s first shop entirely stocked by Irish cancer survivors.

Which should get your right in the feels, of course. Whilst also sorting out any birthday, anniversary or Valentine gifts you might be struggling to find.

Featuring books, art, photography, crafts, Sarah’s hats and buckets more, the aim of the shop is to raise €2m for cancer research into treatments to tackle drug resistant cancers – so we can have more survivors sooner.

Opening at midday on Tuesday, February 4th to mark World Cancer Day in The Library Project, at 4 Temple Bar, The Shop That Nearly Wasn’t will be there for until the 11th, before, hopefully, finding a more permanent home in the city.