A Bit About Us        
 

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. We are proudly the Republic of Ireland's first on-line provider of handcrafted tiaras and wedding accessories.

Maureen designed and crafted her first tiara in 1989, for her sister Colleen's wedding. After years of crafting for friends, family, and friends of friends, Colleen Collections was established, and named after Maureen's first customer (her sister Colleen).

With appreciation for government support and assistance, 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, Colleen Collections Wedding and Communion accessories are now worn on very special days all around the world. 

We're 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.  

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. Click here for contact and product information.

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In the Press...
The Traditional Irish Wedding
We're pleased to be included among many fine resources in this book written by Bridget Haggerty

Galway Rural Development 
Annual Report 1999---Colleen Collections selected as the featured small enterprise for 1999.

Irish National Leader Update, October, 1999---Colleen Collections is the featured small enterprise-'Tiaras fit for Brides'


Ireland's national weekly Farmer's Jounal, January, 2000 features interview with Maureen McKervey and full page article on Colleen Collections 'Selling Tiaras to Hollywood Hills'


Irish Wedding Magazine Summer/Autumn issue, 2000---Colleen Collections featured in News Section- 'Crowning Glory'


Weddings-Ireland.com June, 1999--- Feature story of the month 'Handmade Irish Tiaras' by Colleen Collections

Weddings-Ireland.com June, 1999--- Feature story of the month 'Handmade Irish Tiaras' by Colleen Collections

Irish Wedding Magazine Autumn/Winter issue, 2000---Designer Maureen McKervey is featured in 'Spotlight' news section

The Wire Artist Magazine (Ontario, Canada) January, 2001--- 'Tiaras Reign Supreme' features designs by Colleen Collections

Artisans of Ireland - Maureen McKervey, 2002 is featured artisan at Irish Customs and Cultures by Author Bridget Haggerty

 

 

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