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The Aran Sweater – A Symbol of Ireland

Aug 7, 2021

The Aran sweater is an iconic symbol of Ireland, knit with devotion, passion and excellence. Considered by many to be works of art, these beautiful garments are classic and timeless. Our heritage craft has been recognised by top global designers, has featured in Vogue magazine and on the catwalk. The Aran jumper or ‘geansaí’ reached…

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Why Choose Wool?

Oct 26, 2020

Why choose wool? There are so many reasons. It’s warm, natural, soft, breathable, durable and biodegradable. There is no better feeling on a cold day or night than to be protected from the elements by this natural fibre. The softest wools are used in most of our Knitwear which gives it a luxurious look and…

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GALWAY 2020 – European Capital Of Culture

Jan 2, 2020

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the best cultural programme that Galway has to offer and to show the worlds greatest knitwear! Throughout this Galway 2020 programme the themes of language, landscape and migration come to life. Structured around the old celtic calendar Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasa…

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St. Patrick’s Day – Ireland

Feb 13, 2019

On the 17th of March each year, Ireland hosts a cultural and religious festival celebrating the patron saint of Ireland – St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. There’s nothing quite like celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, there is green everywhere! The surprising history of how the colour became all things Irish…

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The Claddagh Emblem

Jan 27, 2019

The well known and traditional Irish Claddagh ring originated from the fishing village of Claddagh which is now part of Galway City (Ireland). The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart and usually surrounded by a crown. These elements symbolise love (the heart), loyalty (the crown) and friendship (the hands).  For hundreds of years, the Claddagh…

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Natural Sheepskin Rugs

Dec 15, 2018

Owning one of these luxuriously textured natural pile sheepskin rugs adds so much luxury into your home. The tactile experience is out of this world, just imagine the relaxing sensation of sitting or lying on one. Its a luxury statement piece that every room should have, from the feeling of stepping onto one in the…

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Merino Wool

Dec 3, 2018

Here at Aran Islands Knitwear we have a very large selection of knitwear. Many of our sweaters are knit using Merino wool which brings comfort and softness to our classic and traditional Aran sweaters. The merino wool acts as a natural thermostat because of its active fibre keeping you cool in Summer months and warm…

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Sweater Weather

Nov 17, 2018

There is a crisp bite in the air which means – it is officially sweater weather- Hooray! What’s your Winter go-to outfit? Jeans and cosy knitwear is ours. Here in Ireland, we are so lucky to have such choice when it comes to knitwear…there is such a wide variety of styles, sizes and colours. Thanks…

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The Iconic Aran Sweater

Aug 5, 2017

The iconic Irish sweater is officially ‘in vogue’ with a new exhibition at New Yorks world famous Museum of Modern Art. It will feature alongside Levi’s 501 the Birkin bag and the Wonderbra to name just a few. Aran sweaters are a powerful expression of the creativity of our crafts people here in Ireland and…

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