A huge crowd turned out earlier today for the official opening of the brand-new retail space, No.33 at McAuliffe’s Craft Shop in the beautiful seaside village of Dunfanaghy.
Special guest musician Moya Brennan who performed the official opening and even sang a song much to the delight of the crowd while Noel Cunningham was compere for the day. Lots of people won some fantastic spot prizes, giveaways and a raffles throughout the day.
No. 33 is a brand-new retail space showcasing the very finest in lifestyle, foods, woollens and Irish craft, alongside contemporary European design. By doing this we have curated what we feel is one of the most beautiful and creative lifestyle collections for the home.
The Name No. 33 pays tribute to the past. No.33 was the 1911 Census number of the building and the business therein. The premises then housed Lafferty’s Grocers/Drapers shop from the late 1800’s and was also their dwelling house. No.33 at Mc Auliffe’s will occupy their dwelling home with original preserved features from this old Dunfanaghy building. No.33 also houses the original doors from Mullen’s Shop & Post Office in Portnablagh. These beautiful doors with original glass and hardware have been lovingly restored. It is also of interest that the Mullen’s were related to the Lafferty family who lived there before our time.
No.33 is a passion project in progress for some time now and the family are delighted to announce its launch. McAuliffe’s owners and staff have worked hard to weave together the threads of the past and the present and with celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2020 there is an air of excitement for its future.
The business started life as Sweeney’s Drapers in Falcarragh back in 1920 by Cathleen ‘Cassie’ Sweeney. This business then evolved into Sweeney’s Fashion House after Mary Mc Auliffe (Sweeney) took it over in 1939, at the age of 19, when her mother passed away suddenly. Mary gradually changed the business from a very basic drapery store to a forward-looking fashion shop specialising in Tweed clothing and also building a name as one of the top bridal shops in Co Donegal.
After moving to Dunfanaghy in the late 1960s the name was changed, initially to ‘The Tweed Shop’ and then ‘The Tweed & Fashion Shop’ which was upstairs from her husband, Jack McAuliffe’s, ‘Mc Auliffes Chemist shop’. The whole building, in the centre of Dunfanaghy, now houses ‘Mc Auliffes Craft Shop’ with elements of both of the latter businesses on offer.
- Thurs 4th July 2pm – Pestle & Mortar – Award winning Irish skincare demonstration
- Sat 13th July 2pm – Brian McDermott, TV Chef & Author Book signing
- Sat 20th July 2pm- Sian McCann, Wild Fuschia, In-store tasting of her bread & scone ready mix products
McAuliffes also proudly supported the RNLI Charity on the day.