The Irish in America

DAY 3: Simply Irish Knitwear


All that talk about Youghal yesterday reminded me of one of my favorite shops in Ireland, Simply Irish Knitwear. Located just about ten minutes from Youghal off the N25 Cork-Rosslare road (follow the signs) this delightful shop and studio is my pick for day three of things I love about Ireland.

Cardigan in natural with crochet trim -

Cute cardigan with crochet trim –

There is a lot of knitwear in Ireland, but Ros Ledingham really knows how to design and create stylish and classy pieces. She’s been at it since 1982. The women’s range of cardigans, sweaters, jackets, suits, and accessories is available in an array of delicious colors. I am especially fond of her cardigans, such as the style pictured above. 

My sister, Regan, purchased a cozy fuchsia scarf at Simply Irish Knitwear last September, and I don’t think a day went by this winter that she wasn’t wearing it! Super soft knit and a beautiful color. Can’t believe I don’t have a picture of Regan wearing it since she really did have it on every day!

In addition to the fabulous knitwear, the shop stocks a hand-picked assortment of crafts by other local artisans. This is great for those of us looking for unique, quality, “Made in Ireland” gifts to bring home for friends and family.

Next time you are in East Cork, be sure to stop in at Simply Irish Knitwear…you won’t be disappointed!


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

5 thoughts on “DAY 3: Simply Irish Knitwear

  1. Thank you for this reference. I looked at the website, all the colors and styles. It really does make me want to go to Ireland. I can see why you are entrances by this shop.

  2. My favorite sweater is a light brown Cardigan I bought in Ireland. Would have bought many more but the sizes are horrible. This cardigan was the only real extra large in the country!

    • Sometimes the fit of some sweaters can be a little odd. I just remember the tube Aran knit I bought in the late 1980s. It is so great that there are people creating such beautiful and modern knitwear these days. You will have to check out Simply Irish Knitwear next time you are in Ireland 🙂

  3. Great choice, Aine! In addition to everything that you mentioned, the other great thing about Simply Irish Knitwear is that cute dog that greets you when you pull into the parking area!

    I can’t wait to get back there to buy some more scarves and maybe another cardigan!!

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