Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Hairy Baby launch pop-up shop in Gallery Number One

So last night I headed along to the launch of the Hairy Baby exhibition at Gallery Number One on Castle Street, where the Hairy Baby crew have put in place a really fun and colourful space showcasing six years’ worth …

Fri, Oct 14, 2011, 10:30

   

So last night I headed along to the launch of the Hairy Baby exhibition at Gallery Number One on Castle Street, where the Hairy Baby crew have put in place a really fun and colourful space showcasing six years’ worth of designs – T-shirts, hoodies, mugs and tote bags, and all with a distinctively Irish spin. As the press release says, Daragh Murphy wanted to offer something “a little less begorrah” than the usual “Oirish” fare.

I love this design. It reminds me of this post Annie wrote about leaving the immersion on, and of Colm Toibín’s Brooklyn, in which Eilis is thrilled and amazed by the disregard those Americans have for the price of leaving the heat on.

While chatting to Ciara after the launch, she leafed through the catalogue, and told me a story about how her great grandmother used send her kids to mass while she sat down the road, not going to mass. Afterwards she would find out who’d said mass, and what the sermon was – so that she could fill her dad in when he asked her. It seemed a really cute and very Irish story.

Last – but not least – of course, a story no non-Irish person will understand: that of the haranguing of Joan on Tonight with Vincent Browne. For shame! For shame.

I’d recommend going along to check out the exhibition; it’s a sweet way to spend 20 minutes, and there are some hilarious designs to choose from. Perfect Christmas presents for Irish folk at home and abroad. I know, anyway, what I’ll be decking my nephew out in, come Yule Tide . . .

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