Attending the #Yarn at #Standun Event

As a Mother who spends many nights of the week at the side of hurling and football pitches I always love the chance to dress up and surround myself with beauty. 

Beauty was definitely on the agenda at Standun in Spiddal, County Galway last Thursday evening.  

I went along to the event as a blogger and hitched a ride with Lallys Bus specifically commissioned for the evening to take us in style to the village of Spiddal about 20 minutes from Salthill.  


We were entertained on the bus on the way out by MCs for the evening Kieran O'Malley and Ruth McCourt who engaged us in a tightly contested quiz about all things Standuns of Spiddal.    

We were treated to Prosecco on arrival and were greeted by our lovely hosts from Standun and Galway Now.   

Before the fashion show commenced we sampled the culinary delights as well as some local and local enough drinks!! 

On display on the night were local seaweed products from Connemara Organic Seaweed and Leahy Beekeeping with their delicious honey and skincare products.    Last year I took a tour around Leahy Beekeeping and their beehives and was amazed at the whole set up and how wonderful and beneficial it is to source a local honey.   You can read the blog here

Ri na Mara also had their luxurious products on display. 

Micil Poitin were also represented on the night.  This powerful drink packs a punch and is named after the distiller's great, great grandfather Micil Mac Chearra. It is a traditional style poitin made in a micro-distillery in Galway city.   It is made from Irish grain and flavoured lightly with locally sourced bogbean.    It has a lovely flavour and is certainly not for the faint-hearted!!!  

And the wonderful Connacht Pale Ale were on display.   This is one tasty beer!!!  It is a delicate blend of aromatic hop with a solid malt profile combined to create a well rounded citrus and spicy flavour with a rich honey colour.   It is very elegant and refreshing.    It is suggested that it goes well with Irish lamb, Irish Cheddar and mussels.  It is one hell of a tasty drink and a great alternative if you are not too fond of sugary cocktails but don't want to let the side down on a night out!!!  

And then on to the main evening's entertainment as we were treated to a fashion show showing off some of the finest designers available at the fabulous Standun shop.   The models from Catwalk Model Agency were professional and gracious as always. 

Standún was founded in 1946 by May and Máirtín Standún and has been a landmark in Spiddal, Connemara, Co. Galway ever since.   It is a great stop off for tourists and locals alike.  

AND they also stock my children's books!!! They fit well in this shop as they are bi-lingual English/Irish. 

Lots of reasons to visit this spacious shop on the outskirts of the village of Spiddal. 

Until next time ... 

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Founder IrishHealthhour, Energy Therapist, Author and Mum