Eugene and Anke McKernan, owners of McKernan Woollen Mills, have been producing scarves since 1985. Working together in their workshop in peaceful Tuamgraney, County Clare, they weave on century-old Hattersley Domestic Looms, which combine all the knowledge and precision-engineering of the nineteenth century. The knitted styles are made on their 50 year old Stoll knitting machine, as well as a modern electronic 8-Gauge machine. Each scarf and shawl is then hand finished in the McKernan's workshop.
It is important at McKernan's that the scarves are reversible, have a perfect edge and drape well. They also want to appeal to the sense of touch by creating sumptuous textures, the visual sense by using harmonious colour combinations, and the spirit by dreaming up cheerful patterns.
As a family business using traditional production methods, the McKernans always try to stay true to their core values of sustainable quality and good design. By using only the best quality natural fibres, these scarves consciously differ from fast-changing fashion trends.
McKernan Scarves are sold in shops and catalogues in Ireland, mainland Europe and the United States. Visitors to the Tuamgraney workshop are given the opportunity to experience the weavers in action and do some shopping in McKernan’s own showroom.
Tours of the facility are available in German, as well as English. The tours are ideal for fashion and textile enthusiasts, history buffs or indeed anyone.
You will find disabled access to the premises as well as adequate parking facilities for cars and coaches.
Tuamgraney, on the shores of Lough Derg, offers lots of follow on activities, ranging from a tour of Wilde Irish Chocolates to horse riding, water sports and angling.
- Family-run woollen mill making luxurious, reversible and richly-coloured scarves on both traditional and modern machines.
- You can have a tour of the mill, hear entertaining stories and shop for bargains in their showroom.
- Located in the village of Tuamgraney in East Clare, which has a 10th century church, the oldest in use in Ireland.