Brown Thomas Create 2017

I was thrilled to be selected to showcase Éadach at the prestigious Irish luxury retailer Brown Thomas Dublin, for the second year. This year I developed some of my most popular prints into garments, a capsule collection of kimonos, a cape, scarf and dress. The garments are simple in structure to allow the print and…

The Morrigan Skinny Scarf

A product of dreams, memories and coincidences, this print draws on the story of the Morrigan, the shape-shifting Celtic Goddess of War, Fate and Death. Her alter ego is the black bird, a crow or raven, that famously perched on the shoulder of Celtic hero Cú Chulainn in the throes of death. Like so many…

Banshee, Dark Rose

When I was little I often stayed with my grandparents in Dublin, and for years they schooled me in Irish myth and legend, and the folklore of this country. While my grandfather stuck to the more traditional, well known stories- the Children of Lir, the Salmon of Knowledge, my Granny would (and still does) tell…

Pirate Queen, Sunrise

I started mulling over this print when we were road tripping around the west coast last summer and happened upon the remains of the Cara na Mara on the beach at Bunbeg. I love ruins, wrecks and derelict buildings- I wonder who lived and worked there and what kind of lives revolved around these now…

Queen Medb

One of my favourite things about Irish mythology is how many strong female characters feature in the stories. One of the most fearsome and legendary has to be Meabh, warrior queen of Connacht. She ruled for sixty years, and had at least five husbands during her reign. It was her competitive relationship with one of…

Children of Lir

One of the first Irish myths that really stuck in my head was the story of The Children of Lir. Maybe because it was about swans, and I was obsessed with ballet and Swan Lake, or maybe because part of it was reputed to have taken place not far from where I grew up, on…

Brown Thomas Create: The Éadach Collection

So after a few months of musing, scribbling, designing, sampling, deadlines and packing (and just the odd tantrum) the new Éadach collection will be launching in Brown Thomas on Tuesday. There have been sneak peeks- my Children of Lir dress for the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Years Awards, and sketches in our Drawn to…

Banshee: Storm

When I was little I often stayed with my grandparents in Dublin, and for years they schooled me in Irish myth and legend, and the folklore of this country. While my grandfather stuck to the more traditional, well known stories- the Children of Lir, the Salmon of Knowledge, my Granny would (and still does) tell…

Maeve Roe Silk Print

‘Betrothed to one man but in love with another, she was held captive by her father in a turret of the castle perched high on the craggy rocks. On a wild and stormy night her beloved came to rescue her, and they escaped through the Mermaid’s cave under the castle. The sea was cruel and…

Pirate Queen: Sunset

I started mulling over this print when we were road tripping around the west coast last summer and happened upon the remains of the Cara na Mara on the beach at Bunbeg. I love ruins, wrecks and derelict buildings- I wonder who lived and worked there and what kind of lives revolved around these now decaying structures.

Lost Souls Silk Print

We live near the beautiful Whiterocks beach, and walk there most days with our dog, Blyton. When walking on the cliffs one day, my fiancé Al (who as a big wave surfer has an extremely detailed knowledge of the coastlines in Ireland and far beyond) pointed to a dark shadow just under the water and told me this was a shipwreck, no more than fifteen foot off the beach.