My Kilkenny Life: Lorna Doogue

Designer and boutique owner Lorna Doogue creates classic and elegant looks which can be found at her Kieran Street store - Lady Lorna’s Emporium

Mary Cody


Mary Cody


My Kilkenny Life: Lorna Doogue

Lorna Doogue

What is your idea of the perfect day or perfect weekend out in Kilkenny?
My ideal day would involve a morning stroll down Kieran’s Street, also known as Kilkenny's boutique street, appreciating the creativity and style of the local boutique owners window displays. That would be followed by a busy afternoon in my boutique Lady Lorna designer Emporium . Moving on to a game of tennis after work in local lawn Tennis Club with friends , wrapped up by a delightful meal in one of the many fantastic restaurants in the heart of Kilkenny City.

Who has made the greatest contribution to kilkenny in your lifetime and why?
The local business owners here are the backbone of Kilkenny's wonderful culture. They work closely with the Council, Chamber and Kilkenny Tourism to ensure they provide the best possible experience, knowledge and varied services for both visitors and local population. The sense of community and support is in a class of its own.

What is your first Kilkenny memory? 
My first and fondest memory of visiting Kilkenny as a child, was having hot chocolate and a tea cake in M.L Dores Cafe on the High Street. Keeping the tradition alive , I still pop in for a coffee or lunch when I'm passing.

What is your favourite part of the county and why? 
Architecturally Kilkenny has rich history with its wonderfully maintained medieval castle and famous ancient Abbeys. The hidden gem for me has to be Rothe House Museum & Gardens . With my background in fashion design, I love popping in to admire the intricate costume collection which dates back to the 1800's. The crinolines and hats are great inspiration for new creations for our design label.

What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity? 
Kilkenny is defined by its ever growing creative culture and appreciation for the arts. Kilkenny greets and entertains new visitors on a weekly basis hosting ongoing events and festivals which create its unique identity and likability. The pride Kilkenny people have for their heritage is portrayed through this warm red carpet welcoming.

Do you have favourite local writer or author? 
Due to having just opened my boutique in Kilkenny a year ago, it has been so busy that I haven't had time to read very much of late but I am planning to in the near future and welcome all recommendations of local literature.

What is the biggest challenge facing the county today?
Like most counties country wide, Kilkenny is no stranger to the housing shortage. It is a prevailing challenge due to its growing population.

If you had the power to change one thing in or about Kilkenny, what would it be?
Kilkenny like all developing cities has room for improvement , which in future could benefit from introducing a third level institution. A university would undoubtedly boost the economy promoting employment and encouraging a younger generation to return to the city that has so much to offer.