Why not?’……When The Mad Ones contemplated hosting a red carpet party event in Kearney’s Bar in the latter days of Christmas week, the ‘Why Not Attitude’ came to the fore again.
By: Kate McSweeney, Co-Founder, The Mad Ones
It is this same mantra that has been evident in our many conversations and decision making processes this year.
2016 has been eventful to say the least: This time last year we were a tiny, pop-up shop that would sporadically open at weekends here and there.
In April last year we first viewed our now permanent base in the Latin Quarter in Castleisland and it just felt right. The week prior to opening day a band of volunteer Mad Ones painted, cleaned, built and thought up new ideas.
An Infectious Energy
There was an infectious energy and enthusiasm about the project. Building on this community feel is a massive part of what we are trying to achieve.
We love when people mingle or hang-out in store giving others their opinions on outfits. We feel like much more than three partners with a shop. We’re backed up my a massive team of family, friends and customers and this is a grouping that continues to grow.
We’ve had massive highs and twists and turns since we opened. From setting off to A Mad Ones Day at the Races in Killarney in July to the Friday nights 80’s themes – there was always something different happening.
A Massive High
The buzz of the fashion shows is something all three of us love and of course the year finished on a massive high when we were featured on the RTE Today show – an experience which we loved.
Our red carpet event in Kearney’s Bar was a means of The Mad Ones community celebrating together and we certainly did that.
The event went superbly well. We must credit Betty O’Connell for allowing the madness to take over and for decorating and planning. We are already planning our next event….but more on that later.
The New Year starts off busy as we will be taking part in Lorraine Keane’s ‘Keane on Style’ event in the Ballyroe Hotel on January 6th.
A Special Feel
There has been a special feel to all this which will hopefully continue long into the future. We’re just as desirous for everything as when that Jack Kerouac quote initially struck a chord with us, if not more so even!
Our passion and ambition and friendship runs deep and hopefully this will stand us well into the future.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
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