Maureen designed and crafted her first tiara in 1989, for her
sister Colleen's wedding. After crafting for friends,
family, and friends of friends, the business grew initially by
word of mouth. Colleen Collections of Ireland
was established, and named
after Maureen's first customer (her sister Colleen).
With support of the Galway Rural
Development Company, Designer Maureen McKervey was awarded
marketing assistance under the European Leader II Programme for
innovative enterprise, and brought her designs to a global
audience with the establishment of this website in early 1998,
being the Republic of Ireland's first on-line
provider of handcrafted tiaras and wedding accessories.
With appreciation for assistance awarded, and for the
technology behind e-commerce that allows us to bring our craft
from the rural west of Ireland to a global marketplace, and,
of course, with many thanks to our customers, Maureen's Wedding and Communion accessories are now worn on
very special days all around the world.
located on the bank of the Island River in Ballymoe, Co.
Galway, a rural village on the Galway - Roscommon border.
Ballymoe is famous for being the birthplace of Father Edward
Flanagan, founder of Boystown, Nebraska, USA. You might have
heard of the 1938 film starring Spencer Tracy. After winning
the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Father Flanagan, Spencer
gave the Oscar to the real Father Flanagan in tribute to his
work with wayward boys. We are located in what was once the home and doctor's
surgery of Father Flanagan's sister and brother-in-law; and
where he stayed on his holidays in Ireland, the visit being in
1946 shortly before he died.
Maureen McKervey is registered by the
Crafts Council of Ireland as a full time Artist in the
discipline of jewellery design. Colleen Collections of
Ireland is registered in the Republic of Ireland No. 161559.
you for visiting!