The People Behind the Brand

20th September 2018

The People Behind the Brand
Launching our portrait series on instagram, an introduction to the people behind the brand. Cniotáil Inis Meáin was founded on the island in 1976 by Tarlach de Blacám and Áine Ní Chongaile, inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the place. When the couple  married in 1973, they were determined to make their... read more

Cóta Raiftearaí – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

5th September 2018

Cóta Raiftearaí – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar accepting a gift of Cóta Raiftearaí at the official opening of newly independent Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin this week. Inspired by the famed 19th century poet Raftery and his epic poem Seanchas na Sceiche. In it he berates a bush, which he found by the roadside and which failed him in his... read more


Snow covered Inis Meáin

9th March 2018

Snow covered Inis Meáin
It’s not often we see Inis Meáin covered in a blanket of white. Last week’s weather resulted in a difficult few days for the animals without any shelter. Without any sheds our outbuildings on the island the farmers had to trek through the snow drifts to feed hay to their cattle.     read more

Éigse Dara Beag, 6 – 8 Deire Fómhair 2017

12th October 2017

Éigse Dara Beag, 6 – 8 Deire Fómhair 2017
(Éigse is best translated as an “assembly of poets”) Last weekend the island celebrated in a great weekend of music and poetry in Inis Meáin to commemorate local poet or bard – Dara Beag – who died almost exactly five years ago. “Nuair a thiteann laoch, ardaíonn sé deannach na mblianta cróga; Nuair a thiteann laoch,... read more

Alpaca Punch- How to Spend it Feature

3rd October 2017

Alpaca Punch- How to Spend it Feature
Our signature knitted jacket in Baby Alpaca and Silk was featured last week in the Financial Times – How to Spend it Supplement. “Strong yet soft, smart yet relaxed – it’s no wonder alpaca is leading the pack this season”, says Tom Stubbs. Alpaca’s durability and excellent drape also make it eminently suitable for the... read more

Fisherman’s Sweater

4th September 2017

Fisherman’s Sweater
The tradition of the Aran workwear sweater where island women folk knited sweaters for their fishermen husbands and family is well known. For this collection Inis Meáin challenged Lucy Downes of Sphere One, a modern knit design label, to come up with a new Aran. While the intricate cabling of traditional Aran has been often... read more

Inis Meáin’s Knitted Legacy

4th September 2017

Inis Meáin’s Knitted Legacy
An international beacon of knitted design and simple luxury, the Inis Meáin Knitting Company sits perched near the edge of Europe, 30-miles from Ireland’s Westernmost shores and on the middling of the three Aran Islands, 4-by-2 mile Inis Meáin. A landscape of inspiring rugged beauty and age-old simplicity, Inis Meáin is an oil painting of... read more

How To Spend It – Storm Jacket Feature

21st November 2016

How To Spend It – Storm Jacket Feature
The signature piece of our Autumn/Winter 2016 collection – The Storm Jacket – was recently featured in The Financial Times How to spend it supplement. This piece was inspired by jackets made for island weather, especially the harsh winter storms. A key feature is the extra layer of knit on the shoulders for warmth and protection... read more

INIS MEÁIN X Bonne Gueule

20th October 2016

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the French Fashion Blog Bonne Gueule to launch an exclusive INIS MEÁIN Shawl collar cardigan. This style is crafted in Donegal Yarn and uses the unique Beairtíní stitch. Benoit Wojtenka and Geoffrey Bruyere of Bonne Gueule came to visit Inis Meáin for two days to learn in... read more