Kennedy Knitwear Ardara – a brand that has been at the heart of Donegal knitwear for over 100 years. Kennedy of Ardara stocks the best in both traditional and contemporary Irish knitwear for men, women and children, all of which are available for purchase through their online store.
Recommended by Lonely Planet, Frommers, Fodors and The Rough Guide, the famous retail and manufacturing business has been located in the centre of the scenic heritage town of Ardara (awarded The Irish Times ‘Best Village To Live In Ireland 2012′) for four generations. Renowned for its Aran hand-knits and the famous Hillwalker outdoor sweater, the company was previously awarded the honour of ‘Irish Exporter of the Year’.
C Kennedy & Sons, trading as Kennedy of Ardara was established in 1902, when Connell (Con) Kennedy, one of five Ardara brothers who emigrated to the USA in the early 1880s, made what was then a rare journey back to his homeland, after twenty years running saloons in the wild west mining towns of Gallup, New Mexico, and Winslow, Arizona.
Con purchased a property on Front Street, Ardara (now Gatsby House) and along with his wife Etta, a renowned milliner, seamstress and dress maker, set up a drapery business, in what would become the Kennedy family home for more than a century …..read more