‘The sparks flew. He became more than a driving instructor’

New to the Parish: When a Polish woman moved to Wexford and started driving lessons, she acquired more than a licence

Agnieszka Tyghe and her husband, Dane. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Agnieszka Tyghe and her husband, Dane. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Dressmaking always felt like the obvious career path for Agnieszka Tyghe. She was just 15 when she began her training in the trade, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, who worked as a dressmaker during the second World War.

“She used to make the clothes for my dolls. People back then were really into sewing and knitting. They had to learn because they needed to make their own clothes. I was really impressed by my grandmother’s knitting skills, so I think she was an influence. She inspired me.”

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