We lost a baby this year. That awful word – miscarriage. There, I’ve said it.
That taboo thing that nobody talks about but so many people seem to have a story about when you dig deeper. Why do people not talk about miscarriage?
In truth, I don’t like the term ‘miscarriage’ at all. It prompts thoughts of ‘how did I mis-carry?’ and ‘what did I do wrong?’ Thoughts like these haunt enough when it happens, so I rarely used the term when finally opening up to friends. To me, we lost a baby, that was how it felt and that was how I explained it.
This day last year a much loved Limerick gentleman was taken from us in the form of designer John McNamara. He is still greatly missed by all who knew him.
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.
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
Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer is one of the finalists in the 2016 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.
“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
The Spring collection from Carolyn Donnelly’s The Edit is practical, fresh and very now
I love this collection. I’m a big fan of Carolyn Donnelly’s work for Dunnes Stores anyway, but this collection for her line ‘The Edit’ hits the nail on the head of stylish practicality for me. Continue reading
Selection of recently acquired Sybil Connolly dresses gone on display at Hunt Museum
Sybil Connolly was a pioneering designer in Ireland and one of the first to have international success, especially in America. Continue reading
It might not feel like Spring (thanks to Storm Imogen) but we’re ready to welcome the new fashion season regardless. We’ll just have to add a few extra layers…
If the weather wasn’t as brutal at the moment, we might be able to enjoy some of the new Spring season skirt styles a bit more – but we’ll improvise and get on with it. We’re used to it!
The new comfy looking wrap skirt coming off the catwalks is great for a more casual skirt (looser than a traditional pencil style) but still very feminine with a leg revealing front slit as high or low as you prefer. Continue reading
Pink and blue pastels announced as Pantone Colours of the Year for 2016
After five years of strong bold colours which included tangerine, emerald and marsala, colour experts at the Pantone Color Institute have declared not one, but two colours of the year for 2016, with the pair making a calming, contrasting pair. Continue reading
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.”
Looking at four city eateries from a family dining perspective…
Always a great family destination, the Strand’s Terrace Bar & Café is big enough to tick all the boxes so you can take a section to meet a group of parents all with buggies in tow or find a quiet corner to feed your newborn. The variety of food on offer will please everyone, parking is easy and the whole experience is hassle free here which has great appeal when you’re managing junior and all their paraphernalia. Continue reading
Setting out “to create menswear with meaning”, former Kerry footballer and long time fashion fan Paul Galvin has revealed his collaboration with Dunnes Stores in the form of the Vanguard collection.
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.
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
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
There are some items that every girl needs in her beauty bag. Here are thirteen go-to products with cult status…
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…
“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
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.
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