Sybil Connolly

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Anna, Lady Oxmantown in the library of Birr Castle wearing a green crepe wool Jacqmar dress that belonged to her grandmother in law Anne, Countess of Rosse. The dress would have flouted wartime restrictions so it is believed that Anne bought it prior to the war.

“Had a wonderful time in this I am ashamed to say” goes a note written by Countess Anne Rosse of Birr Castle on a long green crepe dress by Victor Sti(...)

Irish fashion designer Louise Kennedy with a range of former Aer Lingus crew uniforms. Ms Kennedy has been engaged by Aer Lingus to create a new design for its uniform. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

After 20 years in teal green uniforms, Aer Lingus crew are set to get a fashion upgrade. Irish designer Louise Kennedy has been engaged to create a ne(...)

Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A friend once gave me a pocket mirror with a vintage photograph of people wearing party hats, and the words “She was a hostess with the mostess” on it(...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

‘Ireland’s Fashion Radicals’ celebrated in new exhibition 3:30

A fashion exhibition “Ireland’s Fashion Radicals” opens in The Little Museum of Dublin on 25 January focusing on a small group of Irish fashion design(...)

Floral print shirt by Issey Miyake from ‘me Issey Miyake Cauliflower, 2016’ collection.

In a remote part of west Mayo in the early 1980s, an old lace-making school that had been converted into a knitting factory was making sweaters for Ke(...)

Walter Pfeiffer, who was born and grew up in Gerolstein, Germany,  had a deep and almost life-long love affair with Ireland

Walter Pfeiffer, who has died aged 73, was a photographer whose standards of excellence and attention to detail was applied with equal diligence to a (...)

George Stacpoole: “I find research fascinating and try and try to pass on to customers as much information as I can find.”

George Stacpoole is an antiques dealer and President of the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) His shop – George Stacpoole Antiques – is at Mai(...)

Walatta, a house designed by modernist architect John Bulcock, is shielded from view. Access is via 80 wide stone steps from above the roof down to pool level. The central living space is supported by concrete columns, with ‘walls’ of foliage to soften the look. Photograph: James Fennell

From the faded colonial grandeur of a house belonging to Hollywood star Gillian Anderson to the tropical modernism of a new build by a Dublin family,(...)

Calvin Klein’s golf range is designed in Cork by Eurostyle

For decades, Irish design was inextricably linked to a thriving community of craft producers, a strong Irish presence in international fashion and a s(...)

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