The tales from Dowra Courthouse are legendary, the spectacular constructing in the course of the village has stood witness to a number of the greatest adjustments in Irish historical past.

In-built 1932, it was used as a Garda Station and Courthouse after the partition of the nation to serve alongside the border.
However its courtroom days are lengthy gone and since 2014 it has served as a artistic area and vacationer level, a setting for exhibitions, workshops, conferences, courses and launch pad for artistic companies.

Dowra Courthouse

And now Margaret Coyne is placing Dowra and the outdated courthouse on the map as a middle for wedding ceremony gown couture.
Margaret, who’s initially from Kildare, studied vogue design and labored within the trade in Dublin earlier than assembly her husband and shifting to Dowra.
When she moved to Dowra she mentioned, “I had no different choice however to start out my very own enterprise.”
She had at all times needed to design wedding ceremony clothes and in 2021 she rented the artistic area in Dowra Courthouse. However all her huge plans had been placed on maintain because of Covid. A few of her shoppers have had their weddings canceled 4 occasions because of Covid restrictions.

Now Margaret is delighted to have weddings again and delightful brides at her door. She creates “couture” wedding ceremony clothes, which implies they’re designed particularly for the consumer primarily based on her physique form, design, theme supplies and finances.
She additionally creates beautiful Mom of the Bride outfits and headpieces.

Margaret chopping materials in her studio – Margaret was a finalist in 2022 Marriage ceremony On-line Awards

Guiding us via the method, Margaret explains on the first assembly with the bride they talk about the look she desires, the theme of the marriage, the match, the model, the fabric and most significantly the finances.
The bride is fastidiously fitted and for the following appointment a cotton toil is created to suit the measurements, the bride will get a greater thought of ​​the model and Margaret can tweak the design earlier than she begins utilizing the costly materials for the completed product.

Margaret explains that the bride must attend round 4-5 fittings and not less than 4 months is required to carry the gown from design idea to completed product – which is far shorter than most bridal boutiques provide for gown flip arounds.
“The completed product is a singular, customized made wedding ceremony gown,” Margaret reveals, including “nobody may have identical gown, the identical gildings, it’s a one off.”
Margaret is a one girl present and she or he mentioned it’s a number of work, however she solely takes on as many purchasers as she will be able to presumably work and this provides the consumer “my full consideration.”

Her shoppers come from all completely different backgrounds, many include an thought of ​​what they need, whereas most include an thought of ​​what they do not need!
Margaret acknowledges that whereas some ladies dream of attempting on wedding ceremony clothes, others discover it overwhelming. “Many ladies simply do not know the place to start out,” she says including that almost all of us usually are not used to sporting ballgowns or slinky determine hugging robes.

Whereas Dowra may not be the obvious alternative for couture vogue, Margaret is attracting prospects from all around the nation. She presently has brides touring from Cork and Wicklow.
“I am not on the lookout for prospects off the road,” Margaret feedback. She loves the constructing which additionally helps Jim Charge Ceramics and Sopa handcrafted soaps. She paid tribute to the middle coordinator Patricia O’Rourke who she mentioned is so useful on a regular basis.

Margaret hopes her enterprise may be a part of the revival of Dowra Village.
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From Courthouse to Coture: Wedding dress owner set up business in Dowra


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