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Gaga goes ga ga for former hurling knitter

Andrew Hamilton

Published 19/12/2013 | 02:30

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Clare fashion designer Margaret OConnor  who began her career making and selling knitwear dolls of Clare hurlers when she was just 12 years old  and has just become the darling of fashion icon Lady Gaga. The pic attached is of Lady Gaga - wearing Margarets hat - to the Isabella Blow Exhibition in London last week accompanied by Irish hat milliner, Philip Tracey.
Lady Gaga - wearing Margaret O'Connor's hat - to the Isabella Blow Exhibition in London last week accompanied by Irish milliner, Philip Tracey.
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Margaret O'Connor, milliner

AN Irish milliner, who began her career knitting dolls when she was just 12-years-old, has became the darling of the world's most influential fashion icon.

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Margaret O'Connor, from the tiny village of Tubber in the middle of the Burren, Co Clare, said she want to help put Irish fashion designers on the map, after Lady Gaga discovered her work in London last week.

Margaret opened her millinery business in London just six months ago, and is already the talk of the town after Lady Gaga chose to wear one of her creations during a high-profile appearance at the Isabella Blow Exhibition in London last week -- even though she accompanied world famous Irish hat milliner, Philip Treacy, to the exhibition.

This was all a far cry from Margaret's first job in fashion -- which saw her spend weekends and holidays knitting hundreds Clare hurling dolls including legend Brian Lohan -- each with their own distinctive red helmets.

Irish Independent

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