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Irish Linen

Lima, New York
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Irish Linen

Hi again everyone. Less than a month till we leave for our first trip to Ireland. I have a quick question for you guys! Since we are medieval reenactors we make our own period clothing. Often times we use linen so we can be historically accurate, We would like to know if any of you know of good places to buy yards of irish linen in a good selection of colors. We will be all over the country during our month long trip, and so it would be conveniant to get the fabric pretty much anywhere. Irish linen in the US is VERY expensive so we are hoping to find good deals while in the country!! Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide!

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1. Re: Irish Linen

There is a Linen Museum in Lisburn near Belfast, if you happen to be in the northern part of the island. Check out lisburncity.gov.uk/irish-linen-centre-and-li…

Limerick, Ireland
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http://www.irishlinenmills.com/links.htm

There are a number of companies on the web page above that might be worth while contacting. They may have off-cuts or seconds that they are willing to sell off. Its worth your while trying.

Irish Linen is pretty much a Northern Ireland thing and all the factories are "up North".

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Be warned that Irish Linen is VERY expensive here too!

One of Dublin's old style department stores often has good bargains to be had of Irish Linen bedsheets and tablecloths that could be used to cut up if the price was right : Clery & Co on Lower O'Connell St (it's not too far from the spire which you won't be able to miss) http://www.clerys.ie/

If you want hand-woven wool and tweeds (which would also have been used for clothing and bedding in Medieval Ireland) and you're near the small village of Foxford in north Co. Mayo it's worth dropping into the 19th.c woollen mill there and snooping around the 'seconds' and off-cuts room in the back. We recently bought two large blanket-sized off-cuts of Irish tweed in classic earthy brown colours for €15 apiece which is a real bargain - we're using them as sofa throws as is but they could easily be cut up and tailored if you wanted :-)

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I was trying to find a link to West Cork where my Grandmother and Great Aunt were seamstress before fate took them to Manchester. I didn't find the link so the fabrics they worked might not be produced any more. I did however find this link which you might gain some interest from. I am not a big fan of tours but this looks good and might give you some points of interest.

joycejamestours.com/joycejames/ireland.htm

Ventry, Ireland
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5. Re: Irish Linen

Hickey's is retail fabric store with several locations around the country

http://www.hickeyfabrics.ie/

Dublin, Ireland
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One of my favourite shops in Dublin is Murphy Sheehy in Castlemarket just off South William street. They have fantastic fabrics and you can have a really good look through them all - you never know what you're going to find. They always have linen and their prices are very good.

http://murphysheehy.com/?page_id=615

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Wow! Great info! Thanks everyone so much! I better bring an extra suitcase to bring back all of my fabric!! : )

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