Anne O’Maille‘s shop, located in Galway, features traditional Irish clothing and craft. O’Maille’s sells the highest quality, traditional handknit Aran sweaters in the country.
Anne is an expert on the subject of knitting. She explained the meaning of the sweaters’ patterns, such as the tree of life and the coastal cliffs.
There is an entire wall of hand knitted sweaters for sale made by local knitters.
What really struck me are the sweater labels. You know who made your sweater and where she or he lives. Mary Donavan knitted the one below.
We were free to explore High Street. Then we crossed the Square and had high tea at the Hotel Meyrick. Delicious. I had high tea a couple years ago at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, a place renowned for its high tea. The Meyrick was many times better and much less expensive.
We spent the night in Westport, home of the notable pub Matt Malloy’s, which is owned by one of the members of The Chieftains, an Irish folk band.