Murphy of Ireland
Murphy of Ireland has been selling high quality Irish clothes for over 75 years. Irish tweed jackets, vests and caps have been a staple part of Irish culture for generations.
Irish 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 clothes and Donegal tweed available and we have been strongly supporting the Donegal craft industry since 1939.
Irish Aran Sweater, Iconic Irish Clothes
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 classic fisherman’s jumper is a bulky garment with prominent cable patterns on the chest, often cream-colored.
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 can also be known as a “sweater”, “pullover” or “jersey”, depending on the regional version of English being spoken. In the case of Ireland, Britain and Australia, “jumper” is the standard word, whereas “sweater” is mainly found in tourist shops and America. The word used in the Irish Gaelic language is “Geansaí”.
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Handwoven Irish Tweed Clothing
Spinning and weaving are an integral part of Irish culture. From 1890 to the mid-1900s, the tweed clothing industry was the main source of income for almost every family in Donegal.
Donegal is a tapestry of the most breath-taking landscapes; misty mountains, serene lakes, dramatic coastlines and people renowned for their special warmth and friendliness. Each piece of cloth reflects the colorful and wild landscape that has inspired the weavers for hundreds of years and makes Donegal tweed so unique.