“Welcome to Athenry – are you on holiday?” queried the kindly shopkeeper in the lovely medieval Galway town in June. “No, I’m going to the mart,” I replied. “The mart? The mart? Are you thinking of buying a few sheep? Have you got a bit of land?” he inquired, curious. “No, I’m going to the launch of Galway Wool.” “Oh!” End of conversation. But of that, more later.
While we are talking about wool, what is an Irish sweater? Many of the woollen ones we see in Irish shops claiming Irish provenance are made in China, India, Morocco, Turkey and other countries produced from imported yarns – just examine the labels.
Read more on The Irish Times link here