The Donegal Shop – A Treasure Trove of Irish Goodies

We’re so proud to be a stockist of so many wonderful Irish brands. Stocking high quality, traditional and unique Irish made pieces is at the heart of what we do, so today we wanted to talk you through some of the brands you can expect to find online and in-store at the Donegal Shop.

1) McNutt of Donegal

Located in the seaside village of Downings, on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, McNutt of Donegal have been producing some of the world’s finest weaves for over 60 years.

Every collection is designed in-house by a dedicated team of talented designers who remain constantly inspired by the rugged coastline and nature’s playground that surrounds them. 

Using only the very best quality wool, combined with excellent local craftsmanship, McNutt of Donegal create something very special every day.


2) Irelands Eye Knitwear
Irelands Eye has always been about a deep sense of kinship and an inseparable connection to a place. 

Three generations of the same family and a devoted, talented crew of workers (many with a quarter century’s history with the company) all working to build a vibrant international knitwear brand. 

Over the past 40 years, we’ve combined a traditional Irish knitwear heritage with the very best of European design. The results are now sold in over 20 countries across the globe.

3) Orwell and Browne
Orwell & Browne is an award winning Irish heritage brand creating luxurious handmade Donegal tweed products.

Founder Catriona Mc Ginley launched the company in late 2014. The craft of weaving tweed fabric has been a tradition in her family for the past three generations and with a love for textiles and design she has created a range of products using traditional materials but with a contemporary twist.

Each product is designed and handmade in Ireland using locally sourced Donegal tweed fabric which has been inspired and designed to capture the colours and textures of the Irish land and seascapes. 

4) Aine Knitwear
Áine was established at the turn of the century by fashion designer Áine Behan.

Growing up on the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland has deeply influenced Áine.

The strong family heritage of knitting ensured that Áine was immersed in the craft as she watched the women of her family instinctively knit Aran sweaters without patterns or guides, having mastered the craft from the previous generations.

This experience created in Áine a love of knitwear that continues to inspire her to this day. 

Summer is Coming! Our top picks!

June is merely days away and we are well and truly celebrating summer here in the Donegal Shop.

Anyone who has ever visited us in store know how magical the summer months can be working in St. Stephens Green. Filled with happy, exploring tourists, families out for the day and smiling faces.

To celebrate summer, we’ve got a 10% off discount code, THANK YOU, to be used at checkout to treat yourself to some new summer pieces.

Check out our top picks below:

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1) Our Aran Kids Cardigan with ceramic buttons is the perfect shade of green to aid the autumn wardrobe transition. Made in County Mayo using 100% merino wool, it’s super-soft to the touch and a great addition to little one’s wardrobe.

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2) Sure where would we be if we didn’t mention the absolute necessity for a cosy blanket, ideal for snuggling up watching the sunset on the beach this summer? We love a good blanket! Be it fleecy, tweed, linen or cotton, we’d have them all if we could. These are our pick of the season for sure.

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3) These 100% Irish cotton grandfather shirts are made here in County Cork, Ireland and are a lovely, summery alternative to a full-on dressy suit. It buttons through fully with a breast patch pocket, it’s a relaxed fit, nice and light in style. Suitable as work wear or casual wear too!

Making fabulous friends at the Womens Inspire Network event.

Last week we had the pleasure of attending and sponsoring the latest of in a long line of incredible events that are run and organised by the tweeting goddess, Samantha Kelly.

The Womens Inspire Network met at Harveys Point in Donegal and gathered together exceptional women from all over the country, business coaches, social media advisors and many business owners, large and small.

There was a fantastic buzz surrounding the event and a truly incredible bunch of people gathered together on the day.

Snuggle up with our coziest knits this winter.

It’s getting super chilly outside of late and secretly we’re loving the opportunity to get all snuggled up in our knits.

For that reason, we’re taking 10% off all knitwear online and in-store and we’re pulling together our top picks for your perusal. 

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All our knitwear is made right here in Ireland and features traditional features from Irish design. Snap up a bargain and make sure to shop the sale!

 

Winter Reductions Steals!

Have you noticed we’ve gone into winter reductions online and in store?

We’ve reduced lots of wonderful, classic, traditional pieces just in time for Christmas.

We’ve complied our top 5 favorite finds in our special offers section for your perusing pleasure.

1) The Aran Ladies Poncho.
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This beautiful poncho features a stunning cowl neck, with buttons running down the side, making it a super unique piece to invest in.

The pattern used throughout this poncho is a mix of the traditional Irish cable stitches and honeycomb stitch.

Comfortable and easy to wear this piece is extremely versatile for the wearer, and makes any outfit complete.

2) The Aran Sweater.

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This traditional Aran sweater is 100% Wool.

Aran sweaters originate from the Aran islands, and they depict different family names or certain areas, so if a fisherman was lost at sea they could be identified by their Aran.

We’d wear this beauty comfy and casual with a pair of boots and some jeans!

3) The Clodagh Mucros Tweed Cape and Hat1-187

This beautifully crafted Irish Tweed cape and hat features stylish detailing and has an adjustable, flattering fit.

Made from 100% wool and crafted right here in Ireland by Muscros Killarney, this set is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe.

4) The Ribbed Shawl Cardigan

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Made from 100% merino wool, this shawl cardigan is knit using the super traditional ribbed stitch.

With the shawl cardigan design, antique look buttons and patch pocket means its a super fashionable piece.

5) The Aran Wool Hat and Scarf 

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The 100% Merino Wool Aran Hat & Scarf Set make a great gift. The scarf features the popular Honeycomb stitch throughout and comes in nuetral parsnip colour.

The Aran Hat comes in parsnip too with an attractive fleck through it. It’s  great gift for the colder months too!

The Christmas Gift Guide.

Working your way through that Christmas list can be hard. With so many to buy for and so little time over the Christmas period to get it done, shopping can be a big pain.

So with all that in mind we want to lighten the load here at the Donegal Shop, so we’ve put together THE Christmas gift guide for our lovely customers.

Shopping for Dad

Make sure you’ve got one of our grandfather shirts wrapped up under the tree this Christmas. They’re extra soft to the touch and the vintage flannel design gives them a super traditional vibe.

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Shopping for Mum 

On chilly mornings like this morning, our Bernie Murphy Art Ardara three-way wrap scarf is divine, the perfect gift for a stylish Mum!

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Shopping for Nan

We know it’s Christmas when we reach for our comfy and cosy Aran knit cardigans to banish the chill. Keep your nan snug this festive season and shop our beautiful selection online now.

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Shop for Grandad

Nab one of our v-neck merino wool, aran sweater made right here in Ireland in County Kildare for Grandad this Christmas. These sweaters have a super cool story behind them too. It is said these Fisherman Sweaters originated in the Aran Islands, where each stitch has a special meaning. On the sleeves you can see the diamond stitch which represents the shape of the fishing net mesh and is also a traditional symbol of wealth, success and treasure. The basket stitch runs along the centre and sides of this sweater which is said to represent the fisherman’s basket and the hope of abundant catch.

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Shop for the Little Ones

Not to leave the little guys out, how cute is this Aran knit shawl collar cardigan? Pop a little shirt underneath for a dressy look.

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Visit http://www.donegalshop.ie for further information on all products listed above.

The Autumn/Winter seasons are the best times of year to update your home decor and refresh your living space a little.

We’ve put together some of our favorite pieces to help you make your home that little bit cozier this winter.

The John Hanly Merino Cashmere Throw. 
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We love this luxurious cashmere throw made with extra fine merino wool. It’s made by John Hanly in County Tipperary, been weaving and creating beautiful, timeless pieces since the nineteenth century. Heavier and chunkier in weight than traditional lambswool, this beautiful piece would be just perfect draped over a couch or a bedspread.

Linen Tea Towel Set
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These natural linen union tea towel sets, consisting of 2 tea towels, are made with 50% linen, 50% cotton.  They feature a simple yet traditional Celtic knot design framing the towel. They make the ideal gift from Ireland for any household.

An Eddie Doherty Hand Woven Tweed Throw

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An Eddie Doherty throw is something special to behold, from start to finish it takes up to a week to produce one of his throws to be completed. They are much heavier in weight than our machine-made throws and can weigh up to 2 kilo’s each of Donegal yarns that are spun on Eddie’s loom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treat the kids to a little bit of heritage in their wardrobes this Autumn.

One of our favourite things about autumn is changing up our wardrobes and getting to wear all of our chunky knits and oversized coats and massive scarves after a long summer.

But, we can’t forget about the little ones now, can we? We’ve pulled a selection of our the best autumn winter arrivals for the kids have compiled them all into this super handy blog post below.

1) Chunky knitted cardigans. ARANMILLS2017 126

Our Aran Kids Cardigan with ceramic buttons is the perfect shade of green to aid the autumn wardrobe transistion. Made in County Mayo using 100% merino wool, it’s super-soft to the touch and a great addition to little one’s wardrobe.

2) Tweed dresses.kidsintweed1

This sweet little tweed gúna is a must have if you’re looking to add a traditional feel to your little girl’s wardrobe. They’re made right here in Dublin by Kids In Tweed, using 100% Donegal tweed by Magee.

3) The traditional Aran knit jumper
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Our 100% pure merino wool jumpers are made in the traditional Aran Knit style, using a complex and beautiful combination of stitches. Grab the natural cream for a super traditional look. The best bit? They’re an investment. They’re warm and practical for all seasons!

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These 100% merino wool booties, with a soft merino lining and a smooth suede exterior, are super-stylish and SO cute. Teamed with a cute pair of leggings and one of our chunky cardi’s or knit jumpers, your little one will be bang on trend this season.

Our Ultimate Autumn Essentials.

Here at the Donegal Shop HQ, we’re embracing autumn with open arms.

We’re dreaming of comfy knit jumpers and cosy hats and scarves, lighting the fire and snuggling up in front of the TV with ALL of the blankets.

So with all that in mind we thought we’d put together a blog post featuring our top three autumn essentials for you to peruse.

1) The Chunky Knit Sweater.

It’ll come as a surprise to no one how absolutely bonkers we are about our knits.

These guys are a seasonal all-rounder. From cosying up on the couch, to keeping you warm on a dash to the shops, or styled over a pair of leather trousers with a super-cool hat, the chunky knit will be your  bestie this autumn winter.

Our favourite is this beautiful lilac option from Irelands Eye Knitwear.

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2) The Cosy Hat and Scarf

If last winter and storm Emma taught us absolutely anything it’s that everyone needs the perfect hat and scarf duo in their arsenal.

From beanie hats and snoods, to oversized knit scarves and wool caps, whatever your choice may be, these guys will be an autumnal purchase you won’t regret.

Our pick has to be this stunning raspberry beanie from Bog Bean Beanies.

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3)The Massive Blanket

Sure where would we be if we didn’t mention the absolute necessity for a cosy night by the fire? We love a good blanket! Be it fleecy, tweed, linen or cotton, we’d have them all if we could.

These merino wool throws made right here in Westport are our pick of the season for sure.

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A Celebration – 23 Years in Business.

On July 1st 1995, Carol Meagle opened the Donegal Shop in the St. Stephens Green shopping centre.

Fast-forward 23 years and we’re still open for business in exactly the same spot, living proof that taking a chance, following a dream and a lot of hard work can pay off.

We’re thanking all our loyal customers this month with a 23% off discount code online, to celebrate with you a milestone that has made us so proud.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite pieces from our website that are up for grabs with the discount code.

Just use 23YEARSINBIZ at the checkout, we hope you love them as much as we do.

The Mens Aran Sweater
€54.00 – 23% discount = €42.34

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This timeless Aran sweater is available in a range of colours to suit everyone. Our most famous and the most timeless Aran knit, now is the perfect opportunity to add this cosy jumper to your wardrobe.

The Aran Funnel Neck Jacket
€129.99 -23% discount = €100.09

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This funky jacket is a wonderfully modern take on a classic aran knit. Made from a super soft merino wool, this jacket features a double collar, front pockets, a celtic knot zip and celtic buttons. It’s also finished with trendy batwing sleeves, and side splits for a modern feel. If you’re thinking ahead to autumn/winter, this is a star buy.

The Clara Dress
€69.99 -23% discount = €53.89

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The Clara dress is made right here in Dublin by the wonderful childrenswear brand, Kids In Tweed using genuine Dongeal tweed. Little shift dresses like this are just perfect for layering, making this piece transitional and sweet all at once.

Aran Dog Coat
€39.99 -23% discount = €30.79

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Who says you need to leave your pooch out of the shopping spree? We stock beautiful, 100% merino wool dog coats to keep your little companions warm in the winter months.

The Orwell and Browne Bow Tie
€39.99 -23% discount = €23.10

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Add a touch of Irish tradition to your big day with one of the beautiful bow ties from Orwell and Browne. They’re made from 100% Donegal tweed and made right here in Ireland. A total steal!