Exhibition celebrating designer John McNamara

Limerick’s John McNamara to be remembered in an exhibition and student design award

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An exhibition to celebrate some of the outstanding fashion creations of the late Limerick fashion designer John Mc Namara will take place at the Hunt Museum for three weeks commencing Thursday, April 6 running until Sunday, April 30.

From South Circular Road in Limerick, John graduated in fashion from the Grafton Academy Dublin and Kingston University London and was regarded as one of Ireland’s most talented designers with an eye for glamour and tailoring. John worked with fashion supremo Ib Jorgenson in Dublin for many years, and then returned to his native Limerick where he set up his own workshop. His many clients included President Mary Robinson who commissioned John to design one of her inauguration outfits. John passed away in 2015 after a short illness while only in his late fifties. Continue reading

Making it easy for A Bride Abroad

Wedding planner Ciara Jørgensen takes the hard work out of planning the big day

Originally from Parteen and now based in Killaloe, Ciara Jørgensen (née Lawler) is owner of ‘A Bride Abroad’, a business she launched just over a year ago as a unique service for Irish brides living abroad who want to plan their dream wedding at home.

Mum of two, Ciara created A Bride Abroad as a service to support Irish brides in planning their big day from foreign shores. She seamlessly manages all the logistics with local Irish suppliers that are involved in organising an exceptional wedding event. Continue reading

Nursing moms’ wardrobe dilemmas

With a few adjustments, it is possible to have a stylish wardrobe while breastfeeding…

While pregnancy can be a challenging time for your wardrobe, at least there are lots of options out there to choose from. From loose fitting and flowing garments to stretchy pieces showing off your baby bump, there is a world of stylish choices for all budgets. Breastfeeding, on the other hand, is a different matter. Access is the main focus here, and there are lots of cleverly designed tops available in nursing ranges allowing discreet access without too much fuss. While these ranges get top marks for function, they can often be lacking however, when it comes to feeling some bit stylish on a day to day basis.

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Baby will need access on demand so the last thing you need is high closed necklines, long items to lift right up, or too many layers to get through. Casual wear like T-shirt style tops, hoodies and button-down-shoulder knit sweaters are generally what’s available and this could be your prescribed wardrobe for at least baby’s first six months unless you get creative and come up with a few other options. Continue reading

Limerick Pre-School Naíonra na nÓg Best in Ireland

Naionra-Yvonne-AwardWe had some very exciting news at my sister-in-law, Yvonne O’Sullivan’s pre-school, Naíonra na nÓg, (located at Shannonvale on the Old Cratloe Road) when it won the title of ‘Best Indoor Learning Environment in Ireland’ at the Maternity & Infant Early Education Awards which took place recently at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Below is more detail from the press release we issued announcing the good news. If you are looking for a place here for your 3-5 year olds I’d suggest you contact Yvonne ASAP to get on the list as the Naíonra (through Irish) is always fully booked and the new Montessori is rapidly getting very established in the area thanks to amazing staff and facilities…

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Ready to face the challenge – Interview with make-up artist Sarah Morris

Fresh off the plane after enjoying emigrant life in Vancouver for several years, make-up artist and Raheen local Sarah Morris has landed a leading beauty role in Limerick.

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Laurel Hill and Bruce College former student Sarah Morris returned to Limerick with fiancée David Dineen after spending the last three years in Vancouver while Sarah extended her make-up artistry CV. Having worked in the industry for ten years, the 29-year old landed the role of beauty stylist at Brown Thomas Limerick – the first position of its kind outside of Dublin. Continue reading

Mitchell’s extraordinary knits – Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer

Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer is one of the finalists in the 2016 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.

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“I’m from Limerick and a fashion graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. I fell into a job designing mens’ knitwear after college and got hooked. I started my own knitwear label in 1996 and, after several years of wholesaling to shops like Carraig Donn/Kilkenny Shop and independant boutiques, I decided to change it all and go more upmarket. Continue reading

Limerick’s world famous fashion photographer

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Until an Irish Times piece this week I’d never heard of Limerick man Niall McInerney. Little did I know that one of the most famous fashion photos of all time was shot by him.

In a new book of his photography, McInerney (now 74) explains: “This is my bestselling photograph and was a very lucky shot because very few photographers got a picture of it. At the time, I was the house photographer for Westwood and this was in a small venue in Paris near the Palais-Royal.”

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In conversation with: Chef Wade Murphy

Wade Murphy is obviously a man who likes to keep busy. Chef and co-owner, along with wife Elaine, of 1826 Adare, the Limerick restaurant awarded a Bib Gourmand this year by the Michelin Guide and also RAI Best Restaurant in Munster, he is current Commissioner General of Euro-toques Ireland, the national organisation of outstanding chefs established by Myrtle Allen.

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From guesting at Electric Picnic’s Theatre of Food and Irish food symposium ‘Food on the Edge’, Wade is a daytime TV regular on RTE’s Today programme but found time in his hectic schedule for a coffee and a chat during afternoon prep time in the restaurant. Continue reading

Limerick food culture on a platter – Eat in Limerick launch #eatinlimerick

LAUNCH DAY! My new project has been launched to whet our appetites for Limerick food and local dining. Eat in Limerick, supported by GGL Security and LEO, is a personal project after seeing a need to bring the local food scene together and serve it up under one tasty promotional umbrella.

Food writer Valerie O’Connor and Eat in Limerick’s Olivia O’Sullivan at the Milk Market for the launch of the #eatinlimerick foodie guidemap (thanks for the pic Richard Lynch of WWW.ILOVELIMERICK.COM)

I felt we needed a foodie guidemap for Limerick City, there are so many new eateries even locals can’t keep up with happenings, not to mention trying to inform visitors. That’s how Eat in Limerick came about; it was a case of needs must. We have great food heritage here and increasing numbers of local producers so something like this was needed to bring attention to all of that.

Limerick company GGL Security, who operate nationally and internationally and have headquarters in Limerick City, is the main sponsor of the project. Contributing to the launch press release, Derek Tobin, MD of GGL Security, commented: “We are spoiled in Limerick with such a selection of food businesses, there must be 120 food businesses listed on the Eat in Limerick city map. As a Limerick business too, GGL Security is delighted to support this initiative which I’ve no doubt will encourage us all to explore our city and county even more and visit some new eateries.”

Social media users are being encouraged to use the hashtag ’#eatinlimerick‘ on facebook, instagram and twitter to highlight how much is going on in Limerick food, from casual, healthy and gourmet dining, to homegrown produce. Continue reading

Session styling with Castleconnell’s Gareth

Castleconnell native Gareth Bromell has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The 31-year-old is based in Los Angeles and works as a session hairstylist on photo shoots for magazine editorials and advertising campaigns. Home in Limerick for a short holiday to visit family and friends, Gareth shared some of his career highlights with me, and explained the journey his career took to where he is today…

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“My career started when I was 15, I had left school early to pursue training to be a chef. I started working as an assistant chef and studying in catering school. Having given it a few months, I realized it wasn’t for me. My mum said to me ‘you either go back to school or start work’ and, as I preferred to work, she organized an interview with her then hairdresser Cyril Morgan at the  Hugh Campbell group. This was the beginning of my career in hairdressing. Continue reading

Alice in fashion wonderland

21-year-old University of Limerick student Alice Carroll, is just bringing to an end her six month internship with international fashion house Fendi in New York City. A familiar face around Limerick, Alice is  studying Business with French in UL, was manager of The Ivory Closet designer dress hire boutique on Shannon Street until heading to New York.

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From Parteen, 6ft tall Alice has modelled with the Holman Lee Agency since 2006 and she won the Miss Clare title in 2010. A past pupil of Laurel Hill College, she took up the role of marketing and public relations intern with Fendi in January and describes her experience as “nothing short of sensational.” Continue reading

Media darling, Limerick’s Madeline Mulqueen

She catapulted to fame following the Rubberbandits’ Horse Outside video, played a character on RTE2’s Republic of Telly, and later this month, this Kildimo girl will feature in TV3’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me. Model Madeline Mulqueen discusses her spiralling career. 

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Age 21, Madeline is from Kildimo, and a former student of The Model school, Laurel Hill Coláiste and Mary I., as well as the Expressive Arts School and Mungret School of Musical Theatre. Back in 2009, she first came to our attention through the Diva Next Door competition, followed by the Martina Costelloe regional model search which she won. She’s been modelling with the Morgan agency in Dublin for the last year… Continue reading

Architecture graduate turned hat designer

Limerick’s Aisling Maher is making quite a name for herself in Irish millinery stakes. The 25 year old from Castleconnell is a graduate of architecture from UCD. Aisling graduated in the summer of 2009 and soon after, while planning a trip to the Galway Races, made her first headpiece for her own outfit.

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