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Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have selected a few very special gifts to mark this day, (this selection is made with our own Dad in mind) and more importantly, some thoughts on why Father’s Day is a perfect excuse to thank our own father for all that he does for us.

My brother Paddy, sister Rosy and I all work with our father so the relationship swings between Dad and chairman of our company. Working within a family business is very special and despite the understandable and numerous family ‘debates’, having the ongoing support and guidance from our father is something we all value highly.

My earliest memories of Dad revolve around cycling, mountains, boats, swimming and chocolate, the latter used to help us get through many mini expeditions around the hills and seas in Donegal! We grew up beside the coast in an idyllic setting for any child and Dad ensured we made the most out of it.

This high level of physical activity as children thankfully didn’t put us off exercise for the rest of our lives and we all still love our sport and challenges, often with Dad in tow – from cycling through Chile, (Rosy!) 24 hour mountain bike races, rowing, numerous marathons and one ironman.

If I was to sum up Dad in a few words – energetic, enthusiastic, positive and very much the life and soul of any party! Here is to you and all the other Dad’s on this Father’s Day and to many more of them!

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Dad and Rosy on Sandpiper, a traditional wooden Galway hooker.

Flax

Ireland has always been known for its linen, during the Victorian era Northern Ireland was the largest producer of linen worldwide. Today there are just a few mills left in Ireland weaving this very special and I think, underrated fabric. Many have fallen out of love with linen due to its tendency to crease badly – I feel this is part of its unique character and a well tailored, high quality linen garment – creased or not will still look well!

Our own mill design and weave linen namely for tailored garments – suits and blazers and there are a handful of other mills across Northern Ireland producing for shirts and home interiors.

To celebrate this sustainable and natural cloth we have just launched a capsule Made in Ireland – Woven in Ireland shirt collection for men.

The Grandfather shirt – made in Ireland from start to finish.

There are three styles across four classic colours – oat, white, sky blue and navy. We have used a timeless hopsack linen from Baird McNutt, who are designing in Donegal and weaving in County Antrim.

Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant, it is one of the oldest fabrics in the world and known for its cool, fresh properties. It is lightweight, made from natural fibres and a sustainable material. These beautifully tailored shirts are truly investment pieces designed and made to last.

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