Three of Donegal’s best-known design and textile companies enjoyed major success at Showcase Ireland on Sunday.

Showcase Ireland is one of Ireland’s largest international trade fairs, bringing together the best of Ireland’s design and craft sector.

And some Donegal companies are already marking the event as a 2020 triumph after winning top awards in the exhibition.

Studio Donegal scooped the ‘Overall Best Product Award’ with their shirt jacket. This is the second year in a row that Studio Donegal has won in this category as well as the Showcase Best Product Award in the fashion category. 

Winner of Overall Best Product Award: Studio Donegal. L- R: Louise Allen – Managing Executive, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Tristan Donaghy  – Owner, Anne Donaghy  – Owner

Studio Donegal’s woollen mill, situated in the village of Kilcar in the heart of Donegal, maintains the tradition of handweaving, spinning and garment making.

This year’s Showcase Best Product Award in the home category went to McNutt of Donegal for its woollen rug.

Showcase Best Product – HOME: McNutt of Donegal.
Louise Allen – Managing Executive, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, William McNutt- Owner

Located in the seaside village of Downings, on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, McNutt of Donegal have been producing some of the world’s finest weaves for over 60 years. 

Donegal town’s Magee 1866 were highly commended in the Showcase Best Product fashion category for their Ladies Herringbone Tweed coat.

Magee 1866 – Showcase Ireland
Louise Allen – Managing Executive, Paul Jordan – Sales

Twelve Donegal weavers and fashion and textile designers have unveiled their latest work at Showcase 2020 in the RDS, with the UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East being the main international target markets.

The exhibition will see over 2,760 retail businesses from across the world visiting to discover unique, authentic, contemporary products designed and made in Ireland.

Bogbean Designs and Molloy & Sons Donegal Tweed are making their debut at the fair this year.

The full list of Donegal textile designers and manufacturers who are exhibiting is:

  • Bernie Murphy
  • Bogbean Designs
  • C Bonner & Son Ltd
  • Fisherman Out Of Ireland
  • Hanna Hats of Donegal Ltd
  • Magee Clothing
  • McNutt of Donegal Ltd
  • Molloy & Sons
  • Rathlin Knitwear
  • Rossan Knitwear
  • Studio Donegal
  • The Original Aran Company