The Irish Kilt Society
Made by Serif
The Devil’s Dictionary describes a kilt as a Garment worn in Scotland by Americans and in America by Scots. Irish kilts are more complicated!
Two clear traditions -
Both are inventions -
“Our national epic has yet to be written . . .A knight of the rueful countenance
(Don Quixote) here in Dublin. With a saffron kilt?” James Joyce -
The saffron kilt iwould be the form of kilt recognised as an “Irish kilt” on the mainland of Ireland.
Introduced for Pipers in the Irish regiments around 1860 it harps back to older garments.
Entwined with the Celtic revivalist movement it is the kilt worn by pipers and until recently by dancers.
Promoted by the inspirational nationalist leaders of the 1916 rising it fell into disfavour in the general airbrushing out of the Celtic revival movement by later Nationalist governments.
Joyce's hint is probable referring to Patrick Pierce and the boys of St Enda’s.
It is usually today worn by pipers and on formal occasions such as weddings by those whose wish to echo a dream of an Ireland of myth and legend.
A few tartans were worn in Ireland in times gone by -
The 1990’s brought a new Celtic revival -
Irish “Clan” tartans are almost all fake (sorry!)