Sunday 22 October 2017

Golfing pair make the cut with flattering ladies' gear

UP TO PAR: Kathy Dillon and Ros Marrinan have fashion down to a tee.
UP TO PAR: Kathy Dillon and Ros Marrinan have fashion down to a tee.
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

When the Irish Open kicks off later this month, many of the men competing in the tournament will wear check or striped polo shirts at some stage. While men may look good in such clothes, they're not always flattering on women golfers.

It was this lack of feminine golfing clothes which inspired golfers Kathy Dillon and Ros Marrinan to set up Bluegreen – selling Irish-made ladies' golf-wear – three years ago.

"Golf clothes are very attractive to look at – but not very flattering on women," said Marrinan. "Before we set up Bluegreen, no one was selling Irish-made golf wear for women here."

Although Marrinan and Dillon had expected to export most of their golf wear when they first started up in 2010, they recently secured deals to supply some of the top five-star hotel golf resorts, including Mount Juliet in Kilkenny and Doonbeg Lodge in Clare.

"We are surprised and happy to get into the five-star resorts," said Marrinan.

Bluegreen sells Irish-made skirts, cardigans, jumpers and trousers for lady golfers – as well as traditional wear for hill-walking, fishing, shooting and rugby, using colours that are complimentary to the landscape.

Irish Independent

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