Irish Dancing Jacket and Shawl

Rathdrum Connections

A green buttoned Irish dancing jacket made from Irish linen. Its brass buttons contain the letters IV and a harp denoting Irish Volunteers. It was made by a local dressmaker in Rathdrum, a Mrs McCauley who lived opposite Jacob’s Well public house on the main street.

Previously owned by Janie Kennedy nee Kearney, an all-Ireland Irish dancing multi winning medalist who wore it with success at  many events. Her long-term dance partner was the grandfather of Mary Black (the well known international singer) who came from Rathdrum.

Presented by Eileen Kennedy, daughter of Janie Kennedy at the Wicklow Life 1916 Public Collections day

Photo:Front of jacket

Front of jacket

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Photo:Rear of jacket

Rear of jacket

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Photo:Brass buttons

Brass buttons

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Photo:Brass buttons

Brass buttons

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A brown shawl, embroidered with green belonging to an Irish dancing costume from 1915. 

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Irish Dancing Jacket and Shawl' page

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