Hats off to Mary as she opens her new shop
At 77, most people are taking it easy — but not West Cork hat dynamo, Mary Maybury, who’s just cut the ribbon to her new shop.
Or rather, the youngest of her 11 grandchildren, threeyear-old Ella O’Donovan did the honours — the little girl proudly snipped the red ribbon to the entrance of the new hat emporium, simply named The Hat Shop, on Dunmanway’s Park Road.
The Dunmanway entrepreneur, who has 11 grandchildren and is looking forward to the birth of her first great-grandchild in June, enjoyed a highly sociable gather- ing of family, friends — and hat-fans — at the official opening of her new premises.
“It was a great family gathering and a great celebration,” reported Mary’s daughter Sandra, who recalled how her mother started her hat service in the garage of her home some 25 years ago.
M a r y h a d p r e v i o u s l y worked in the family business — the well-known Parkway Hotel — until her retirement in 1991.
The hat business came about after a series of family weddings, for which Mary had amassed quite an amount of beautiful head-gear — so much so that a friend presciently quipped that Mary now had so many hats she could hire them out.
For some years, Mary rented out hats and headpieces, garnered through trips to top London boutiques and elsewhere, from the converted garage of her house. After a few years, she moved to the town shopping centre, where clients had the opportunity to choose from a collection of some 1,000 separate pieces of headgear for occasions from weddings to a day at the races.
Now, with her ninth decade beckoning, this dynamic West Cork businesswoman and her hats are entering a new phase.
The Hat Shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 3pm-5pm and also by appointment.
Friends and family gathered to celebrate with Mary Maybury, at the opening of her new Hat Shop in Dunmanway.