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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 - www.simplyirish.ie

Cute cardigan with crochet trim – http://www.simplyirish.ie

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!


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It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Contest!

We are excited to announce the first ever competition offered by The Irish in America. We couldn’t think of a better time of the year than the St. Patrick’s Day season to celebrate our Irish heritage with a fun contest!

You could win this gorgeous signed and numbered, limited edition print created by

I LOVE MAYO! 

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Two views of this special, limited edition print.

Mayo artist Jane Steger-Lewis designed this print for her I Love Mayo line. The subject is inspired by an exhibit Jane saw at the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park near Castlebar which included a display of the rosette badges worn by children on St. Patrick’s Day in years past.

The details:

  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Limited edition, winner will receive #1 of 20 printed
  • Actual size: 5×7″, matted size: 8×10″
  • Also available for purchase at www.ilovemayo.com – 40 Euro each

Want a chance to win this beautiful print?

Complete the following sentence…

My favorite thing about Ireland is ______.

Enter the competition one of three ways, but please only enter once:

  1. Complete this form and submit: 

  2. Send us an email with the subject “St. Patrick’s Day” and your answer in the body of the email. Be sure to include your name.
  3. Tweet your answer to @FamilyToursIRL.

Entries accepted until 11:59pm (CST) Saturday, March 16, 2013. The lucky winner’s name will be drawn by our official contest judges, and announced here and on Twitter on Sunday, March 17th.

Official judges Maryn and Ainsley take their jobs very seriously

Official judges Maryn and Ainsley take their jobs very seriously

Be sure to check out Jane’s fantastic I Love Mayo website of prints, paintings, posters.

www.ilovemayo.com