Spinning and weaving are iconic art forms, especially at Muckross House Gardens & Traditional Farms in Ireland’s Killarney National Park. Here, the skilled crafters at Mucros Weavers create hats, scarves, stoles, capes, and more—all from wool, mohair, and alpaca. Their work is carried out under the direction of master weaver John Cahill.
Muckross House is a destination that transcends time, and the onsite weavers are just one part of this experience. Guests who visit the home and grounds have the opportunity to tour the 19th-century Victorian mansion, which is furnished with period pieces as well as visit Muckross Pottery, where potter Margaret Phelan creates hand-thrown stoneware.
Additionally, there is an onsite bookbindery and paper conservation workshop. Aside from the experience at the destination, guests can also take in views of the mountains, woodlands, and famous Lakes of Killarney that surround the property.
If you can’t make it to Killarney to see the weavers in person, you can shop pieces from the collection through the Creative Irish Gifts site and through our catalog. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the handcrafted collection.
Equally warm and stylish, this five-button waistcoat features a classic pattern to complement any wardrobe.
“Fields of Ireland” Mohair Scarf
Wrap up in a scarf made with a blend of mohair and wool. Its vivid hues were inspired by the Irish countryside and the many fields of heather.
Kerry Multi Patch Cap
This style has been handed down from generation to generation and showcases the famed handiwork of the Emerald Isle. Individually crafted from patches of Irish tweed, each cap is truly unique. 100% wool.