Ok... Try not to laugh... I buy a good few of my "sunday best" tools from www.dick.biz
(snicker snicker!). Request a free catalogue and it will become your new bible, even if you don't order anything from it. It is really nice to read the catalogue/ browse the site as the tools are really interesting, and of a refreshingly high quality. As can be expected from a German company, they are super efficient, and neither myself (cabinetmaker) or my brother (violin maker) have ever had any problems with them.
I'm very interested in Japanese, and to a lesser extent Chinese tools, and my opinion is that once you get used to them (and get over the fact that you will definitely get some funny looks while out on site), the Japanese handtools way outperform the western equivalents. But this is only my opinion!!!
VAT is 19%. Delivery to Ireland is only €15 (by DHL) and is free if your order is over €300. Delivery is around 5 to 7 working days. You won't necessarily be saving yourself any money by ordering here but the tools are very good quality, great choice and quality service.
Ps I'd really recommend the Japanese Saws (I'll never touch a tenon saw again) and the Japanese HSS chisels (Koyama Nomi), they are so nice to use and stay very sharp.