Murphy of Ireland
Murphy of Ireland have been selling high quality Irish clothing for over 75 years. Irish tweed jackets, vests and caps have been a staple part Irish culture for generations.
Aran sweaters have protected fishermen from Atlantic storms while traditional Grandfather Shirts and Nightshirts have comforted them by day and by night.
When only the best is good enough, Irish Linen was the only fabric considered appropriate for Christening robes as the gowns invariably became treasured family heirlooms.
Murphy of Ireland continue to offer the finest Irish clothing available and we have been strongly supporting the Donegal craft industry since 1939
Irish Aran Sweater
The Aran jumper (Irish Gaelic: Geansaí Árann) is a style of jumper that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. It is sometimes known as a fisherman’s jumper. A classical fisherman’s jumper is a bulky garment with prominent cable patterns on the chest, often cream-coloured.
The jumpers are distinguished by their use of complex textured stitch patterns, several of which are combined in the creation of a single garment. The jumper (or indeed other options such as “sweater”, “pullover” and “jersey”) is largely determined by the regional version of English being spoken. In the case of Ireland and Britain and Australia, “jumper” is the standard word with “sweater” mainly found in tourist shops and America. The word used in Irish is geansaí, a Gaelicisation of guernsey which has been re-Anglicised to gansey in Hiberno-English.
Handwoven Irish Tweed
Spinning and weaving are an integral part of Irish culture. From 1890 to the mid-1900’s, the tweed industry was the main source of income for almost every family in Donegal.
Donegal is a tapestry of the most breathtaking landscapes; misty mountains, serene lakes, dramatic coastlines and people renowned for their special warmth and friendliness. Each piece of cloth reflects the colourful and wild landscape that has inspired the weavers for hundreds of years.