Business Ploughing Championships

Tuesday 27 September 2016

What to wear to the Ploughing Championship: It's all about layers in Laois

Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

Dubarry’s ‘Bracken’ jacket in ‘Shale’ (€435) and ‘Galway’ boots (€350).
Dubarry’s ‘Bracken’ jacket in ‘Shale’ (€435) and ‘Galway’ boots (€350).
Red Herring scarf (€27, Debenhams)
Zipped-neck poncho (€47, River Island)
Ankle wellies (€9, Penneys)
Hunter Original Bk Adjust Wellington Boots (€124, House of Fraser)

Dubarry's will be showcasing their newest tweed at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois, over the next three days.

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The Galway-based firm have introduced the 'Shale' tweed in a blend of granite grey with a check stripe in sea blue. The colour blend was inspired by the west of Ireland coastline.

The Dubarry's design team based in Ballinasloe have worked hard on developing the new tweed for Autumn Winter 2015.

The rugged tweed fabric, with historic roots in both Ireland and Scotland, is resistant to wind and water with insulating properties.

Red Herring scarf (€27, Debenhams)
Red Herring scarf (€27, Debenhams)

The company, which began primarily as a co-operative initiative to provide local employment, has reported a very good reaction to their Bracken jacket in the new tweed (pictured left) which is 100pc wool with a teflon coating.

Last weekend, they expanded their footwear range with a new woman's Chelsea-style ankle boot called 'Cork'.

With international interest building, Dubarry opened a flagship store at Duke of York Square in London.

Named after Madame du Barry, a famous French courtesan, the brand developed a GORETEX lined, waterproof boot and their clothing range launched in 2008.

Zipped-neck poncho (€47, River Island)
Zipped-neck poncho (€47, River Island)

Dressing for the Ploughing Championships will be more about comfort and layers for warmth rather than high street trends at Ratheniska.

The weather forecast points to scattered showers today, rain and drizzle tomorrow and widespread showers with sunny intervals on Thursday.

I've compiled some suggestions for useful buys (below left) if you are heading to Ratheniska.

Be sure and come to the Irish Independent tent at 1.30pm today where I will be showcasing the best of Irish AW15 fashion from Kilkenny Shop who have stores nationwide.

Ankle wellies (€9, Penneys)
Ankle wellies (€9, Penneys)

You will find our tent located at Block 3, Row 22, Stand 389. See you there!

Hunter Original Bk Adjust Wellington Boots (€124, House of Fraser)
Hunter Original Bk Adjust Wellington Boots (€124, House of Fraser)

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