When I was eight years old at primary school, everyone in my class was given a tree to plant.
My father and I planted the tree that evening in the garden. It was small and narrow, almost more like a twig than a tree!
That day, my tree and I were around the same height when stood side by side. The tree thrived in it’s new home.
Through the years, we competed with our heights and eventually I gave up at 5’10”!
The tree has become this enormous strong presence in the garden where I grew up and it is amazing to see how far it has come from the little branch it began as.
I think “my” tree will always make me stop and look back to my eight year old self and appreciate how far I have gone in my own life, and we’re both still growing!
Voted ‘Fashion Designer of the Year 2013’ at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, Niamh O’Neill’s star is certainly on the rise.
Having honed her design skills in New York, London and Paris working alongside some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, such as Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano and Martin Grant, the Co. Louth native returned to Ireland in 2012 to launch her eponymous label. Niamh’s collections combine clean lines and contemporary cutting with luxurious fabrics, creating an instantly identifiable look of understated elegance.
Niamh was named as “One to Watch” in 2014 in the following publications, Irish Independent, Hot Press Magazine, Irish Central New York, Her.ie, and Irish Examiner.