Another highlight of the Roscommon Lamb Festival will be a wool themed fashion show. The Festival is keen to display the importance of all facets of the industry including the emerging and exciting world of indigenous wool fashion and as a result we will showcase the best of Irish wool knit and crochet designs. To that end, we have invited some of Ireland’s finest wool designers to take part in ‘Wool Alone’. It will take place on Wednesday, April 30th at The Abbey Hotel at 8 pm. The ‘Wool Alone’ fashion show will feature exciting new and established Irish designers and the glamorous models of the Catwalk Modelling Agency. Some of Roscommon Town’s well-known Ladies and Menswear fashion establishments will also be taking part and there will be a wine reception at the event with a selection of wines kindly sponsored by Lidl Roscommon. Featured designers include Liadain De Buitlear knitwear. won the prestigious Persil Fashion Award in 2001 and has worked with talented designers such as Dublin based Marc O’Neill, in 2000, Elementi Moda, International knitwear forecasting company in Milan in 2001 and with Limerick-based knitwear designer Caroline Mitchell in 2002. Fisherman out of Ireland is based in Kilcar, Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland. From the village of Kilcar, located by the sea in one of the most scenic counties in Ireland, the range is shipped to the four corners of the globe. This extensive range of knitwear for gents and ladies is sold throughout Ireland, Europe, the United States and Asia. Hand-woven by Liz Christy – from the market town of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Liz Christy is a textile designer and hand-weaver and has furnished a successful business, making a Living from an Age Old Craft… Sinead Clarke showcases her company ‘EssenC’. Her degree collection was chosen from a panel of thousands of entrants worldwide meaning a trip to Gorizia in Italy last September for the grand showcase final of all fashion students from around the world. She won first prize and an internship with Missoni knitwear in Milan, Italy. Helena Ruuth, hailing originally from Sweden and came to Ireland as a designer with the Kilkenny Design Centre. Based in Ireland for over 20 years, she has her own business creating handwoven scarfs, stoles and garments – working with design houses such as Habitat. Most of her designs are currently being commissioned for export to Japan. So get glamorous on the evening of the 30th and head to the catwalk to see the best in Irish and International woolen design as part of the Roscommon Lamb Festival.