For over 40 years Blarney Woollen Mills has specialised in all things Irish. Just recently awarded the Tripadvisor certificate of excellence for 2015 Blarney Woollen Mills has established itself as a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike.
With a large catalogue of gifts ranging from Aran sweaters to crystal, Celtic jewellery and of course that fantastic Irish service. It’s easy to see why Blarney Woollen Mills is frequented by the millions of tourists who visit the country annually.
In 1928, a boy of 13, like most of his friends in Blarney, began working at Blarney Woollen Mills. His name was Christy Kelleher. Years later in his 50s, he would chance selling Aran sweaters to Americans visiting famous Blarney Castle. The business venture was a success.
And so when the ‘Old Mill’ closed its doors in 1973, Kelleher saw opportunity. It took a couple of years to do but Kelleher bought the building converting it into a visitor centre. Everything was put on the line. The fact that the business prospered was a testament to Kelleher 's dogged enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit. He was always there, with a kind word for everyone, welcoming the visitors and encouraging staff. Nowadays more than one million visitors pass through these old stone buildings annually.
One of the most popular souvenirs visitors pick up in Ireland is the traditional fisherman or Aran sweater named after the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Blarney Woollen Mills now produce their own Merino wool collection, with intricate stitch patterns and soft natural merino wool, a traditional garment with their own contemporary twist.
Offering a large range of capes, shawls they also produce their own exclusive range of Blarney Aran Original designs. Many staff have a claim to fame here at the Mills as wherever possible the Aran Original sweaters, capes and shawls are named after staff working at Blarney.
BLARNEY WOOLLEN MILLS INVITES YOU TO WIN BIG THIS 4th OF JULY!
WE’RE CELEBRATING RED, WHITE & YOU!
To celebrate the 4th of July Blarney Woollen Mills are giving one lucky person a chance to shop until their hearts content with a fabulous 1st prize of a $1,776 Voucher to spend on their website Blarney.com. It’s all about red, white and you! Plus there are over another $1,500 worth in prizes to give away!
Other prizes include a Waterford seahorse Centrepiece vase, our exclusive Blarney bead bracelet, an Aoife shawl collar Aran cape and much, much more.
The competition will run until the 4th of July with the winner announced on the 6th of July 2015. You can enter today online at Blarney.com.LUCK MAITH!
Blarney’s exclusive range of sweaters are produced with soft and luxurious merino wool, they boast a variety of time honoured, traditional Aran stitches. These stitches indicate a traditional interpretation and distinctive story. They vary from the cable stitch, an integral part of a fisherman’s daily life, is said to be a wish for safety and good luck when fishing and the diamond stitch which indicates a wish of success, wealth and treasure. They exude Irish heritage with their pure material and distinct texture.
Blarney.com also offers a varied collection of some of the finest Celtic jewellery including stylish Celtic rings, Claddagh rings and beautifully ornate Irish wedding rings. Blarney's collection of Irish jewellery brings the best designers together to create ornate, symbolic and exquisite pieces of Celtic design. Irish crystal and pottery also holds a prominent place in the Blarney Woollen Mills store with the world renowned Waterford Crystal and Belleek Collections.