Kildare's Sinéad Harrington to open new hat studio in Laois

Orginally from Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Kildare's Sinéad Harrington to open new hat studio in Laois

Sinead's new studio

Freshly arrived in Killenard, Sinéad Harrington will be opening a new hat hire and workshop near from the Heritage Hotel, on March 25.

Having returned to her native Ireland, from the UK, Sinéad hopes to emulate the success of her original studio in the UK where she built a flourishing millinery business and one of the UK’s largest collections of hats for hire.

Originally from Ballymore Eustace, Sinead later moved to Hollywood, Co Wicklow with her family. She also attended school at Killashee National School in Naas. 

"I haven't forgotten my Kildare roots," said Sinead, who explained she still has lots of family and friends still living in the county. 

With her designs gracing the pages of the likes of Tatler and The Telegraph, Sinéad quickly established herself on the UK millinery scene, and has seen her hats attend events at Buckingham Palace, Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, Goodwood, and more than a few high society weddings.

In addition to creating bespoke pieces for sale, and undertaking commissions and repairs, she maintains a huge hire collection from established and up-and-coming milliners including pieces from Philip Treacy, Julien Macdonald, Vivien Sheriff, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Nigel Rayment, Peter Bettley, Walter Wright, Marie Mercie, Carol Kennelly, Jennifer Wrynne and Jane

The designer has high hopes for her re-located venture.

“Having moved over from the UK with a young family, I’m really enjoying being back in Ireland and embracing the family focused culture. It was a big endeavour bringing over more than 350 hats from the UK, and now the showroom is ready I
can’t wait to start meeting new clients," she said.

With a pre-launch evening on Saturday March 23, Sinéad will be showcasing her showroom and toasting her new initiative with friends, family and fellow hat lovers.