For over a century, the village of Ardara was at the forefront of the production of handwoven Donegal Tweeds. A building known as “The Mart” was the central marketplace with all the local tweed produced, inspected, stored and sold inside its walls. However, in the sixties, the arrival of modern machinery decimated the indigenous industry.
A FAMILY TRADITION
A fifth-generation hand weaver, Denis Mulhern, had a strong desire to ensure that the tradition of handweaving was maintained and preserved. Ten years after the collapse of the local tweed industry, he started a small bespoke tweed company called “Triona” from the front room of the family home.
SHARING OUR PASSION
In 1992, we began to welcome visitors from across the world to showcase first-hand the skills involved in hand weaving.
THE CRAFT BEHIND THE CLOTH
All our tweed is made from 100% Irish lambswool. Once woven, it is tailored to produce unique pieces of clothing including coats, jackets and capes.
From start to finish, experienced craftspeople ensure that the garments are made to the highest of standards and worthy of its Irish heritage.
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.”
— B.M. Franklin
After three decades, Triona, remains a family business. Our success is thanks to the determination and hard work of our loyal staff. Now an international tweed brand with two retail stores and a visitor centre, the future is bright.