Tweed and travel make the per­fect combo for Aoib­heann McNa­mara

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - GOING OUT | SEVEN DAYS - Emma Fraser

This week, we head west to meet restau­ra­teur and art cu­ra­tor Aoib­heann McNa­mara from Gal­way. I have long ad­mired Aoib­heann’s style and jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to take her pho­to­graph in her beau­ti­ful home. From run­ning her award-win­ning restau­rant Ard Bia to de­sign­ing cloth­ing for her com­pany tTweed and trav­els he Tweed Pro­ject with Tri­ona Lilis, this woman is a force to be reck­oned with.

Tweed short gil­let Tweed skirt linen shirt

(¤650) ¤550 ¤350 All from The Tweed Pro­ject

Brown Thomas, Gal­way (¤220)

Amer­i­can Ap­parel (¤12) The shirt, skirt and gilletare from Aoib­heann’s beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion that she de­signs with Tri­ona. Th­ese two know qual­ity fab­rics and de­signs. They them­selves de­scribe the Tweed Pro­ject as “one-off pieces that com­bine beau­ti­ful Ir­ish fab­rics with mod­ern tai­lor­ing for a truly au­then­tic ex­pres­sion of Ir­ish de­sign”.

They have man­aged to take in­spi­ra­tion from the Inis Oirr and our Ir­ish her­itage and bring it into the mod­ern day. Th­ese stand­out pieces have a lim­ited run and are avail­able on­line at thetweed­pro­ject.com and by ap­point­ment at

Boots Maje


Fol­lan’s Lane in Gal­way.

Never afraid to add a bit of sparkle to any out­fit th­ese boots are the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch to this out­fit. Snatched by Aoib­heann is the sale in Brown Thomas in Gal­way, th­ese ba­bies are on my most-wanted list now! We asked Aoib­heann to let us in on her in­spi­ra­tion for her en­vied per­sonal style and what she is look­ing for­ward to in spring/sum­mer fash­ion.

“I dont re­ally have a per­sonal style. I am al­ways in­spired by where I travel each year. When I come back from Ber­lin I am all foiled up in StarStyling gear and and the Maiden). 7.30pm 061-202799 Also Thurs, Lim­er­ick


Er­go­dos Mu­si­cians. See Fri­day, Clil­f­den. 8pm 066-7123055


Talk by Michael Grant on Opera, The Art of Ex­trav­a­gance. 1pm Adm free 01-8734333


Mu­sici Ire­land Schu­bert, Dohnányi. 1.05pm 091-705962


when I come back from Morocco all I want to wear is tur­bans and kaf­tans so my style can change all the time!

“I can only imag­ine the what I will be wear­ing when I get back from Iran in March.

“I have a pretty non-di­rec­tional ap­proach to fash­ion. I dont re­ally fol­low fash­ion trends as such and that def­i­nitely af­fects the way my­self and Tri­ona de­sign for The Tweed Pro­ject. We fol­low our own rhythm and I am re­ally ex­cited for our spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion which will hope­fully in­clude tweed and linen kaf­tans in a salmon pink colour.”

Pho­tos: Dean Ryan McDaid Nielsen: Quin­tet Op 43. 7.30pm



Dublin Gui­tar Quar­tet. Wil­liam Ka­nengiser: Gon­gan; Nikita Koshkin: Chang­ing the Guard; Philip Glass: String Quar­tet No 2 (Com­pany); Rachel Grimes: Book of Leaves; Ur­mas Sisask: Songs in hon­our of the Vir­gin Mary; Leo Brouwer: Cuban Land­scape with Rhumba; Ligeti: Mu­sica ricer­cata. 8pm



Er­go­dos Mu­si­cians. See Fri­day, Clil­f­den. 8pm


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