An Cupan Tae is Gaeilig for a cup of tea, and is the name of a specialty tea shop newly opened at Spanish Arch in Galway city. It is charming, and reminesant of having afternoon tea in your Grannies parlor.
All their cakes are home made and delicious.
It is interesting that we don't have more Irish tea shops, coffee is a relatively modern beverage in Ireland. I don't remember any specialists coffee shops growing up and when visiting friends or relatives one was always offered a cup of tea. It is the drink of choice in times of stress and toil (if you are not having a whiskey)
and Mrs. Doyle brought this to a whole new level