Category Archives: knitting

Sallied Forth In Your Drawers

In October 1900, when asked his opinion on what ‘national costume’ should be adopted in a soon-to-be-independent Ireland, the Republican Pádraig Pearse had this to say: Frankly I should much prefer to see you arrayed in a kilt, although it may be … Continue reading

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Micks and Machines

This quote is from the first annual report of the CDB, written in 1892, by William Lawson Micks (see this link too). “The aiding and developing of spinning, weaving, knitting, and other industrial handicrafts must be recognised, even after a little … Continue reading

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Donegal Socks: Just For Men

(Dooey Cove, Rosguill Peninsula, Co. Donegal, c. 1936) Townsend Gahan reported from Rosguill on the 1st of September 1892. “Trousers and Sunday suits of the men are almost always bright. The vests, shirts and drawers etc are home-made flannel or tweed; … Continue reading

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Tea For Socks

(1. Townsend Gahan in 1925) From 1890-1891, Mr. F. G. Townsend Gahan, a civil engineer, travelled through his native Co. Donegal on behalf of the Congested Districts Board, in order to survey rural poverty before they (the CDB) could begin … Continue reading

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