This range of scarves, the Kavanagh Collection, is inspired poet Patrick Kavanagh, who inspite of himself, loved his home county of Monaghan. Scarves in this range are woven using precious Donegal wool and fine cotton. They are earthy and subtle in colour. The designs are available in three sizes with the small and large scarves carried in stock and the oversize wraps made to order. So in Liz’s own words….
“A poet came to visit our school when I was a girl of about twelve. He was doing a reading in the school that day, for the senior students. His name was Tom McIntyre, and he was a Cavan poet. He spoke. I was enthralled. I drank in his presence, a real living poet. And then, I was aware that he was speaking to me. I quickly focused my eyes and he was telling me that I had “a typical Monaghan face, with a ‘far away from home’ look in my eyes”. I think that the poet saw something in me, maybe a wee bit of that Monaghan ‘quareness’.
This memory came back to me recently as I thought about Patrick Kavanagh, his poetry and his ‘place’ in Monaghan. I grasp his emotions about Monaghan. And then my thoughts drifted to a wonderful evening spent in Annamakerrig at the Tyrone Guthrie Artists Retreat. The performance by the Abbey Players, was of ‘The Great Hunger’. This was a very special adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh’s poem by none other than Tom McIntyre.
We travelled there that evening with Tommy McArdle, one of ‘The Twins’ and another great man of words from Monaghan. A ‘dance’ followed, with music provided by The Glen Miller Legacy. What a night of swing among the spuds!”
A little bit of this story is lovingly woven into each piece in the Kavanagh Scarf Collection by Liz Christy. Liz considers herself to be very lucky, living and hand-weaving in the heart of the rolling drumlin ‘Kavanagh country’.
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