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This traditional Aran Wool Sweater is made in Ireland to last for generations.

Get a piece of this iconic history for your self. Here in Lee Valley we are proud to stock this very Irish of items.

  • Marnie Walsh

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Black Friday

As we know Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It is the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. What some of us don’t know is why it is called Black Friday. Well, it’s always a Friday because Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November and Black Friday is the day after it. The ‘Black’ label has several meanings.

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Celebrate Irish Living With The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival


It’s a big week in Ireland: we’re preparing for the internationally renowned Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

Whether you’re lucky enough to be visiting Cork to join the crowds at this fantastic music festival, or you’re raising a glass to the musicians from afar, it’s a great time to celebrate all that is Irish.

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Aran Stitches & Their Meanings 0

The Aran jumper (Irish: Geansaí Árann)

The Aran jumper (Irish: Geansaí Árann) is a style of jumper that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. There is debate about when island residents first started making the jumpers, but it is commonly believed that it was in the late 1900's that the Aran Sweater emerged on the Aran Islands

  • Marnie Walsh

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The Irish Flat Cap

I think everyone will have a memory or an image that comes to mind when we think of the Flat Cap., in fact there is probably one in most houses in Ireland.

An Irish Flat Cap is traditionally a rounded wool cap with a stiff brim at the front. Modern flat caps can be made of cotton, tweed or leather. The origins of the flat cap lie with 14th century Ireland yet there are some sources that claim the cap was worn before that in England, which we may dispute here in Ireland as it is a part of our history too much not to have originated from here. People in Scotland and Southern Italy wore a similar style cap, although they referred to it as a bonnet.

The Traditional Cotton Flannel Grandad Shirt 0

The Irish ‘Grandfather Shirt’ often referred to as a ‘Grandad Shirt’ remains a firm favourite for many men and women around the world. This classic shirt, is forever linked with Ireland’s past and continues to remain stylish, it only improves with age. For me this collarless shirt has many memories, and brings me back to my childhood in rural Ireland.

An Crannóg - Mehigan's Island 0

Loch Allua is a small lake but here lies an archaeological curiosity - a little island encampment dating to medieval times or before, it was reached via a submerged causeway, known only to its defenders.

The Irish Cottage 0

The Irish Cottage.