Thursday, 17 March 2016
Happy St Patrick's Day - Donegal and Stout
A Stout Donegal Tweed for Saint Patrick
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all our Irish readers, including those attending the Cheltenham Festival this week. Cheltenham must be the epicentre of global stout consumption right now.
Don't get too sentimental about the Emerald Isle today, a shamrock tattoo really isn't advisable. However, if your runners and riders are behaving as planned, why not consider splashing out your winnings on a few yards of True Donegal tweed from our Irish chums (ár gcairde go maith) Magee (1866) of Ireland. An Irish clothing company of great heritage, Magee has remained in the Temple family since 1900.
The True Donegal above and below is designed and woven in Magee's Donegal mill, the raw material washed in the river Eske — begorrah — which helps to give the lambswool a silky soft handle. True Donegal tweed has the flecked pattern we all know and love, reflecting the natural landscape of the area. The navy and cream pattern above is the first image of Donegal tweed that will come to mind, but wow is that lilac version below rather super.
You will probably need about four yards of this 13oz cloth to have enough for a suit and two pairs of trousers or three-piece suit with weskit. Oh go on then, have a little green shamrock sewn into the lining on the jacket.
To complete the picture, simply add a pint of stout. Something like O' Hara's Awarding Winning Irish Stout (top) from the Carlow Craft Brewery in County Carlow, Ireland. Carlow is committed to traditional brewing methods. They say that a combination of stout hops and roast barley gives their stout the coffee and liquorice zap we stout lovers crave. Don't worry if you get a drop on the tweed. Though soft, it is robust enough enough to take a spill. (Tip: Quickly trying to suck split beer out of tweed is a natural reaction, though not advisable. Best to pat the spillage with a cloth.)