My story (mo scéal)
Frances Fogarty of LilyMais who handmakes swimrobes using repurposed towels on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

 

Fran Fogarty is ainm dom agus tá sé de phribhléid agam a bheith in ann an trí rud is mó a bhfuil dúil agam iontu - Faisean, an Comhshaol, agus Gaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne - a thabhairt le chéile i mo ghnó, lilymais.

 

My name is Fran Fogarty and I am privileged to be able to incorporate the three things I am most passionate about – Fashion, the Environment, and the West Kerry Gaeltacht – into my business venture, lilymais.

 

When at school, I wanted to study Fashion Design but at the time it was not seen as a sensible choice for a young lady from rural Tipperary! Instead, I trained as a chef and then studied hotel management – and spent the next 25-years working 80-hour weeks on my second passion - food (culminating in me owning and running a fine dining restaurant and two 150-seat cafés). When the opportunity was presented to me in early 2019 to quit the food business, I jumped at the chance and enrolled in Fashion & Textile Design at Limerick’s College of Further Education. This was followed by a year at the Mallow College of Design & Tailoring, during which time I upped sticks and moved permanently from Tipperary to my second home, Baile na nGall on the Dingle Peninsula. It was here, and inspired by my daily sea-swim with two local swimming groups - the Baile Bathers and Snámh for the Soul - that the idea hatched to make swimrobes from repurposed towels. With the help of my long suffering husband 😉, I converted my shed into a studio and haven't looked back since!

Tá beagáinín Gaeilge agam féin ach tá Gaeilge líofa ag m’fhear céile Feargal. Is breá linn a bheith inár gcónaí agus i mbun gnó sa Ghaeltacht.