The wild and rocky coastline of the west of Ireland has to be seen to be believed. 2500 km of cliffs, beaches and caves undulate along the western coast of our little island, with nothing on the horizon other than water – and, eventually, the American seaboard. At STABLE of Ireland we always look forward to getting out on the road and embracing the best of the west on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Our little city of Dublin is jam-packed with architectural gems. After you’ve called in to our gorgeous STABLE shop in the heart of Dublin’s manufacturing district and browsed amongst our lovely Irish-made Linen scarves and blankets, why not make a day of it and explore nearby St Stephen’s Church?
To celebrate Spring, our lovely STABLE store is also bursting with colour at this time of the year. Our linens come in every colour and weave... And who doesn’t appreciate a lift as we emerge out of our winter woolies?
Easter is such great family time and we love to gather the clan and celebrate spring and life and all the potential for the summer ahead. Easter lunch is a great affair with the table set with flowers and fresh linens and fine food to gather around and wile the day away.
Irish new potatoes, along with a bunch of other root veggies, are in season this April. So what better way to start off the Easter festivities by digging down and making the most of our staple ingredients. Is there anything better than a plate of sweet, steaming new potatoes, simply dressed with Irish creamy butter and sea salt? Something so simple, so good, needs no adornment – except perhaps a couple of our STABLE linen napkins…
Spring has sprung upon us in a timely fashion – much to our great relief – and what better way to really throw yourself into the milder weather by, well, throwing yourself into our Irish Sea? A refreshing dip in the sea followed by a hot chocolate or something stronger if you feel like it – what’s not to love? Hop on the Dart and wander down to Sandycove, where you’ll find the Forty Foot, the most exquisite little swimming spot in all of Dublin and one that’s been immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
A few caring tips to keep your new STABLE Irish cashmere scarf, beanie or snug looking and feeling its best. Don’t wash it every day. Hand-wash only. Lay it flat and out of direct sunlight. Keep the moths away.
March somehow encapsulates optimism. It’s a month of changes, of rebirth. The sun starts to show itself for a few unseasonably warm days, showers of rain fade into an optimistic hazy sunshine and timid shoots of green growths begin to peep out of the muck. Those carpets of crocuses and glades of bluebells are only weeks away.
Carding and spinning is wonderful to watch and the machinery used is more often than not over a hundred years old. In many of our STABLE Irish blankets, throws and scarves you’ll find Donegal yarns, which have a distinctive fleck added into the threads – a look for which Donegal weaving is famous the world over.
Often associated with working class, it was in fact first worn by wealthy sporting gentlemen throughout Europe and, in 16th Century England, men were obliged by law to wear flat caps on Sundays!
Just as every family would knit their Aran sweaters with a particular series of stitches in order to distinguish a fisherman drowned at sea, so too would every crios have its own particular identifying set of colours.
Ireland became expert in linen production as far back as the 17th century...being in direct competition with the English woolen industry, Ireland was forced to switch to linen production....by the 1920's there were over 70,000 people directly employed with approximately 37,000 looms