Lee Valley Ireland was founded in the quaint village of Inchigeela in West Cork in 1986. Denis Hurley, saw a market for a traditional Irish grandfather shirt and began drafting patterns and cutting fabric at home, before calling on the sewing skills of local women who operated from their own homes. From this cottage industry the new family business went from strength to strength.

Following the success of the grandfather shirt now worn in all corners of the world, a range of traditional nightwear was developed and over the years Lee Valley Ireland has expanded its product range to include outerwear, shirting and knitwear. In 2003 Lee Valley Ireland moved from the creamery building in the family home to a purpose built premises nearby and opened a retail space to showcase the growing range of products.[1]

In 2011, Lee Valley Clothing celebrated 25 years in business and to mark it, they released a limited edition vintage grandfather shirt. [2]


At present, Lee Valley Clothing is still operating out of its base in Inchigeela, Co.Cork and provides its products through other companys, such as Rathwood[3] and Blarney Woolen Mills. Orders can also be placed online through the Lee Valley Website. [4]


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