Mother of the Bride at Macbees

Macbees, Kerry is a destination boutique for those seeking that unique look for any occasion. Macbees has been synonymous with style in Munster for over 35 years. As a mother of the bride or groom, you’ll be spoiled for choice at Macbees. The shop stocks an expertly curated collection of mother-of-the-bride looks, which mix timeless elegance with a fashion-forward flair.

With more than 35 years of mother-of-the-bride styling under their belts, the friendly, experienced and enthusiastic staff at this stand-out Munster boutique know the importance of originality, elegance and glamour for a modern mother of the bride. And they are on hand to provide expert advice to help complete your look from head to toe.

Macbees pushes the boundaries of what you’d expect from a countryside boutique in Munster. Current highlights among its 60-strong brands include Max Mara Studio, Riani, Paule Ka, Fely Campo, Carla Ruiz, Veni Infantino, Moskada, Linea Raffaelli and Luis Civit. Alongside these are home-grown talents Aideen Bodkin, Heidi Higgins, FeeG, Caroline Kilkenny and jewellery by MoMuse and Vivien Walsh. Clothes are available in sizes 8-20. 

All this and more can be explored in the luxurious surroundings of Macbees. This is Munster’s one-stop shop for the perfect outfit, stunning accessories and a choice of bespoke headwear. Follow us on Facebook or browse our website for more great mother-of-the-bride ideas. 

Macbees, New St, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Munster

Introducing the Glorious Stine Goya to Macbees

At Macbees we don’t often raise our voice but we definitely feel Stine Goya is worth shouting about. Just arrived in store, this Danish brand is less about the pared-back minimalism we’ve come to expect from the Scandinavians and instead is all about maximalism! Stine Goya uses colour as the raw material for her designs, creating head-turning pieces that are an extraordinary visual feast, embracing and celebrating the feminine silhouette and individuality, with clashing prints and intelligent, inspiring colour combinations.

Firstly we present the pre-collection, containing a curated selection of perfect transitional pieces: silk shirt dresses, floral floor-length gowns, embroidered smoking jackets and blush-pink blouses. The pieces are designed to be worn with jeans, with each other, layered up or simply as a stand-alone statement.

Stine Goya at Macbees

Stine Goya at Macbees

Stine Goya at Macbees

Stine Goya at Macbees

Next up the main event . . .

Colours are fascinating and tell so many stories – from grandiose or dramatic tales to intimate poetry. For me, colours are an inexhaustible source of inspiration; an almost raw material I love to develop further. Colours can be mixed in infinite ways, creating new shades that tell personal tales of colour, style and print. I love that.”
— Stine Goya

The main line perfectly compliments the pre-collection adding autumnal hues, graphic prints and cosy laying pieces. The pre and main collection are available to shop online and in-store now.

Stine Goya at Macbees

Stine Goya at Macbees

Macbees May Edit

Whether you’re chasing the sun, clambering after a city break or keeping it simple with a staycation, our May edit will have something perfect for you to pack. 

This season we are delighted to introduce Michael Kors to Macbees for the first time. This label embodies a sophisticated all-American sports-wear look with clean lines, impeccable tailoring and intricate finishes. It delivers at every level, from luxe holiday pieces to intricate cocktail dresses, offering up plenty of key wardrobe staples. So now is the time to start building a look you can add to each season. 


Next up is Vilagallo, a Spanish brand that celebrates ‘classic with a twist’. Its eclectic collections are a kaleidoscope of colour and print, incorporating beautiful woven linens and exclusive silk prints. This season they have a hint of the tropics and, as always, an explosion of colour. Their light -weight dresses and printed silk kimonos will easily fit in any carry-on. Click on the images below to shop the collection.

And just in case you have to pack a raincoat . . . This month’s spotlight is on rainwear brand Insane in the Rain. We met the team behind IITR last summer on a buying trip in London and were bowled over by their infectious enthusiasm for everything! When you purchase an Insane in the Rain jacket you help to reduce the unnecessary production of virgin plastic rain-jacket fabric and simultaneously upcycle between 17 and 23 plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in the ocean. So keep dry and stylish while doing your bit to cut down the amount of plastic going to landfill or polluting the seas. Click on the image below to shop the collection.

Macbees April Edit

Winter is slow to loosen her grip this year – which is why, for our April edit, we’re concentrating on transitional collections that you can build on from season to season.

First up is the laid-back luxe of German brand Ania Schierholt. Ania strives to deliver strength, structure and style in her collections, which look at once elegant and casual. Another great aspect of her designs is that each season the shades and shapes complement each other, so you can build on your look from year to year. This season, she is introducing a shot of chartreuse to brighten up the black and taupe base colours. Click on the images below to shop the collection.

Next up is Marella, which we are delighted to be re-introducing for spring/summer 2018. This gorgeous label is part of the MaxMara group, so you know to expect impeccable quality and craftsmanship, as well as outstanding Italian elegance and wardrobe staples with a twist. We’re loving this mac with tie detail at the wrist and this season’s jumpsuits are to die for. Click on the images below to shop online.



Lastly, we’re shining a spotlight on the ever-delicious Three Floor. This London-based design house can always be relied upon to deliver occasion-wear with a difference. This season their statement dresses combine refreshing mint tones with seventies inspired ruffles and lace. Click on the images to shop the collection.

Showcasing Irish Fashion Designers in the run up to Paddy’s Day

We are lucky, indeed, to live on this emerald isle free of snakes and full of talent. At Macbees we think it’s very important to cultivate and support Irish creativity and craftsmanship, and over the years we have been lucky enough to stock John Rocha, Paul Costelloe and Louise Kennedy as well as up-and-coming talent Natalie B Coleman, Joanne Hynes and Lennon Courtney. We currently stock Aideen Bodkin, Caroline Kilkenny, FeeG, Roisin Linnane and Heidi Higgins, alongside accessory designers Debbie Millington, Susannagh Grogan, MoMuse and Vivien Walsh.

Aideen Bodkin trousers suit worn with Carol Kennelly headpiece

Inspired by the WearingIrish movement spearheaded by Margaret Molloy, who in 2016 set out to tell the untold story of contemporary Irish fashion design by using the power of social media, we decided to showcase all things Irish in the run-up to Paddy’s Day. Here at Macbees we have always championed contemporary Irish design and highlighted up-and-coming home-grown talent. We were delighted this year to have the gloriously creative Carol Kennelly on hand to help install our Irish-themed window with the spring/summer collections of Caroline Kilkenny and Aideen Bodkin topped off with Carol’s own amazing hats and complemented with MoMuse jewellery.

Carol wearing Aideen Bodkin

Caroline Kilkenny dresses with Carol Kennelly headpieces

Carol wearing Caroline Kilkenny dress with Carol Kennelly hat

As an independent family-run boutique, we appreciate the support that we get from our customers, which in turn means we can support these designers – we believe independent business promotes individuality. We’re looking forward to the new generation of innovative Irish design coming our way!

Aideen Bodkin with Carol Kennelly headpieces & Momuse jewellery


Macbees Christmas Wish List

Photo credit: the brilliant Tim Walker

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a piece of festive MoMuse jewellery. . . . 

Christmas is swiftly approaching, so we are making our list and we’re checking it twice. First on our list is the cool and contemporary collection of gold-filled jewellery by MoMuse. From timeless pearl necklaces to splashes of bright beads and statement gold earrings, there’s plenty to choose from for that someone special.

Second on our wish list are some cosy knits with added pazazz: sparkly knits from Danish brand Baum und Pferdgarten; embellished designs from Italian knitwear collective Aiim; and bejewelled cashmere from family-run French label Ateliers de la Maille.


 Number three is the to-die-for Italian coat brand Heresis, made from Mongolian cashmere and Australian merino wool. The pastel hues and fur trims add glamour no matter what the weather.




Number four on our list are the striking scarves of Debbie Millington, new in store this season her dramatic patterns and statement prints made from luxurious Italian silks are the perfect Christmas gift. Her exotic, eccentric, bold and daring designs are inspired by her travels and each is a collectable piece of wearable art, timeless and distinct, to be worn year after year, season after season.


 Number five is our tantalising choice of stocking fillers – from embellished velvet slip-ons and sequin handbags to feather-trimmed scarves and gold-tipped hats. 



All in all, an array of exquisite gifts anyone would be delighted to find on Christmas morn

Still not sure what to buy that someone special? You can’t go wrong with a Macbees gift voucher.

So if you feel maybe someone might need a few hints of what to buy this Christmas simply leave this page open on your computer and all your Christmas wishes could come true . . .


Alas it’s time to leave all thoughts of summer behind (although ‘what summer,’ you may ask!) and hurtle ourselves headlong into the autumn/winter 17 season. But fear not, we have a dazzling array of exciting new brands to bring a smile to your face as the evenings get shorter.


We are delighted to introduce Dutch label Maison Scotch, the grown-up sister brand of Scotch & Soda. Its design team seeks inspiration from treasures uncovered on worldly wanders, which are then poured into collections and signature looks that mix eras and classics, meshing unexpected fabrics and patterns. We especially love the brocades in subtle blush tones teamed with metallic knits.


Our second new find this season is the Scandinavian simplicity of Danish brand Samsøe Samsøe, which draws on Denmark’s renowned design tradition to create minimalist, affordable and accessible fashion with a clear Nordic look. Premium fabrics, functional and playful details, tailored finishes and iconic silhouettes imbue the label’s collections with a subtle, personal and sophisticated approach to dressing. We are loving the chunky knits, luxurious devoré and easy tailoring.





 Who cares that the summer has ended – it’s time to get excited about layering up for autumn! Check out our website for new stock arriving daily.

Turning Heads with Carol Kennelly – Ladies Day Sorted

Back in August 2010, having just been named best-dressed lady at the Galway racesLadies Day and on the cusp of starting her now thriving millinery business, Carol Kennelly was invited by Celia Holman Lee to take part in the prestigious Rose of Tralee Fashion Show. Celia kindly pointed Carol in our direction and let’s just say, the rest is history.



Over the last seven years, Carol’s designs have put the finishing touches to many a mother-of-the-bride and ladies day outfit at Macbees, and we have styled countless fashions shows together. The Rose of Tralee Fashion Show this August will be the eighth time we combine Carol’s creations with stunning outfits from Macbees – it is always a spectacular way to start the A/W season and includes the best of our premium occasion-wear.


We created our deco inspired set with beautiful pieces from Hal-Lou Furnishings Killarney.


At Macbees we champion strong, confident women with a real sense of individuality – so it’s obvious why we invited Carol to model for us this season. We are all about transcending trends and recognising genuine style, and we love the fact that so many of our pieces can be worn again year after year and still retain their appeal; the same can be said for Carol’s.



We were delighted that Carol agreed to get in front of the camera to showcase this season’s show-stopping looks for us, combining crimson structured pieces with the couture styling of Fely Campo, a feather-topped cocktail hat with a kimono from Cacharel and donning a bejewelled crown with our Notes du Nord gown.



Style Tips for Ladies Day at the Races

To Your Starting Gates Ladies!

Let’s be honest here – when it comes to Ladies Day at the races few eyes are on the racecourse, competition in the terraces is fierce and with thousands of euros worth of prizes at stake how do you stand out from the troop? The perfect outfit takes planning, preening and a whole lot of praying but fear not we’re here to help. With more than 30 years experience under our belts and with the help of award winning milliner and seasoned best dressed lady winner Carol Kennelly we’re going to give you a count down of the top tips for having a brilliant best dressed lady day at the races.

My Fair Lady

image courtesy of Warner



It’s great to embrace a current trend if it works for you but you should always let your body shape and colouring dictate your choice. Classic is always a good choice for the races, remember it’s race wear not evening wear. Classic doesn’t have to mean boring, here we’ve teamed the simplicity of Fely Campo’s structured vintage inspired dress with the drama of Carol Kennelly’s sculpted scarlet headpiece.



I know we just said to go classic but that’s not for everyone, there’s also no harm in mixing things up a bit if that’s your style. Trousers and separates are a great way to do this. Here we’ve gone for an oriental feel teaming this beautiful Chacarel silk kimono with Three Floor cigarette trousers topped off with a show-stopping colour block hat from Carol Kennelly’s collection.




The spectacularly talented Carol Kennelly won her first best dressed lady competition at Listowel Races in 2007 and won the big one Galway Races Ladies Day in 2008 while four months pregnant! Carol Kennelly’s tip for your top is ‘Make sure your hat is eye catching, (for all the right reasons) Walk around the house in it for an hour or so, just to make sure it doesn’t pinch and that there is no problems with it staying in place’ Here is just a taste of what the talented Ms. Kennelly’s creates check them all out at

Carol 2

Carol 3

Carol 1

images courtesy of Carol Kennelly Millinery



What with this crazy climate of ours you always have to be prepared for the worst on Ladies Day so make sure you have a coat and umbrella that compliment your outfit. Try to resist reaching for a plastic poncho! 


photo: Daily Mail



On ladies day judges are looking at the whole package so grooming is key to carrying off your outfit with confidence. Make sure nails, hair and makeup are immaculate to achieve the utmost elegance. Read more racing tips from the perfectly polished Laura MacSweeny at


image courtesy of Laura MacSweeny



Carol’s tip’s for the day of the races.

Arrive early to ensure you don’t get lost in the crowd.

Enjoy the day in the company of good friends, it’s all about having fun.

Smile – confidence is the best accessory you can have on ladies day

Carol hat

Carol race winner

G race winner

images courtesy of Carol Kennelly Millinery

The Modern Mother of the Bride


Image Courtesy of Vogue

The scene is set: the glamping booked, the tea lights are twinkling in the trees and the bails of hay are ready to be strategically placed upon which to enjoy a glass of bubbles, the last thing the mother of the bride wants to be is traditional!

We at Macbees in Kerry know that today’s mother of the bride is just as style-savvy – if not more so – than any guests flying in from fashionable afar. With more than 30 years of mother of the bride styling under our belts, the staff at our boutique in Munster will ensure you find the perfect mother of the bride outfit. So we’d like to share a few things we’ve learned along the way. . .

1.Set the scene

You want to be in keeping with the surroundings, so whether you are mother of the bride or groom, make sure to treat the bride-to-be to a cocktail or a cuppa before the wedding day over which she can give you pointers on colour schemes, styles and degrees of formality. Always best to compliment the bridesmaids’ tones.

2. Flatter your figure

Don’t be afraid to go for a fitted silhouette – at our shop in Munster we always stock a wide range of figure-flattering pieces and have a great selection, with a jacket, coat or  sleeve to keep upper arms covered up if needs be. We also offer an alteration service in case any tweaks are needed.

3. Dare to be different

Your mother-of-the-bride outfit doesn’t just have to be for the wedding day: choose a piece you really love and you’ll be able to wear it over and over again in the future. This season we introduced the quirky couture styling of Spanish brand Fely Campo (link), perfect for the day but will look just as perfectly placed at the races or at a New Year’s cocktail party


4. Comfort is key

You are going to be in this outfit for more than 14 hours so make sure you are comfortable. Keep heels to a realistic height and if worried about standing around in uncomfortable shoes for the day, why not have a chic pair of flats on hand just in case?

5. It’s nice to be neutral

If the bride is struggling to pin-point the perfect bridesmaid dress, it doesn’t mean you have to leave your mother-of-the-bride shopping until the last minute. Go for the timeless elegance of a neutral palette and then it doesn’t matter what she chooses. We are loving these gold tones from Aideen Bodkin, stocked at our boutique in Munster.

Aideen Bodkin Gold Allegro Dress

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress Mesto Jacket

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress

6. Play the long game

Comfort equals confidence so make sure you’ve selected something that fits and flatters, with our style-savvy sales staff on hand to help this won’t be a problem. Your hat or headpiece is essential for the photos but swap it for some statement chandelier earrings later in the evening.


Macbees, Killarney has always been synonymous with something for that special occasion and now with labels such as Caroline Kilkenny, Aideen Bodkin, Fely Campo, Gabriela Sanchez, Luis Civit, Carla Ruiz and so many more, we ensure that the eternal search for ‘something different’ for the mother of the bride is satisfied.

Fashion Vs. Farmers – Kerry Fashion Week

We at Macbees don’t normally follow the herd, but this season we’re making an exception to promote the eighth Kerry Fashion Week and the magnificent Irish Fashion Industry Awards on Friday March 4th. These prestigious awards celebrate everyone working in the Irish fashion industry – from emerging talents to well-known names. What better way to mark this event than by using the quintessentially Kerry background of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart to showcase the latest trends, combining two of Kerry’s passions – fashion and farming (we’ll save football for next year!).


Kerry Fashion Week and the Irish Fashion Industry Awards is sponsored by Image magazine and has become the most prestigious fashion event in Ireland promoting emerging fashion talents. Showcasing in the past names such as Umit Kutluk, Natalie B Coleman, Emma Manley, Helen Steele, Una Burke, Don O’Neill, Laura Jayne Halton, Delphine Grandjouan, Colin Horgan, Niamh O’Neill, Sinead Doyle and many more.


To celebrate this years Kerry Fashion week we’re styling space-age metallics, rainbow brights and clashing prints in the glamorous surrounds of the Mart. We had so much fun with Mags Kelliher on the shoot and she almost ended up getting involved in the bidding.

Above is the slick couture styling of Spanish brand Fely Campo, perfect for a high octane other of the bride. Worn here with a 60s inspired statement piece from the amazingly talented Carol Kennelley. Below Mags is wearing a polished cotton shirt dress from Parisian fashion House Weill, she definitely got plenty of attention in this little number!


This bright pop of orange is from Three Floor by Malaysia-born, London based designer Han Chong (also the brains behind Self Portrait) expect lots of supersize lace and laser cut outs.


Excitement is gathering for the event and we can’t wait to see the show.

Good luck to all involved!

Virtually New Street –

For more than 30 years Macbees boutique Killarney has been at the forefront of fashion in the Kingdom of Kerry. Now we’ve decided to take it global and are delighted to announce the launch of!

Back in 1984, Mary McBride was entrusted with the keys to a retail space in Killarney, Co Kerry on the promise that she would open a pharmacy, but luckily for the ladies of Kerry she had something entirely different in mind. Rather than healing their bodies, it was Mary’s plan to stylishly nourish their souls by opening the doors of Macbees. The shoulder pads have come and gone – and come and gone again -while Macbees has remained synonymous with style.


Photo credit : Vogue Turkey, photographer: Cuneyt Akeroglu

It’s safe to say that in the early Eighties boutiques were few and far between in the wilds of Kerry and your ‘rig-out’ was generally acquired at your local draper’s shop. Indeed, Mary grew up in such a shop in Killorglin learning the sewing skills which later proved useful when she felt the need to run up a wrap dress or some killer flares that would turn heads even at Studio 54, while studying Pharmacy in UCD in the Seventies.

After returning to Killorglin to take over her mother’s clothes shop, Mary felt the need to expand to Killarney to showcase her latest finds from London, Paris and Milan. She flung open the doors, the rails packed with brands including Jaques Vert, Lee Cooper and Blacky Dress, and slowly brought in the power-dressing look that was sweeping NYC. It was an exciting time to kick off a new fashion scene in Kerry.


Photo credit : Philip Tracey Neverland Hat 

Photographed by David Hughes for Ponystep 

Over the years, Macbees has introduced the ladies of Kerry to designers such as John Rocha, Philip Tracey and Christian Lacroix. While the heady heights of the Celtic Tiger saw high-fashion names including Kenzo, Missoni and Max Mara, post boom came bust and unfortunately even the most fabulous purse strings had to be tightened. But Macbees never failed to deliver flawless fashion.

We have now refined our selection to offer expertly curated labels, sitting new and innovative brands alongside classic collections. Every season at Macbees we get excited about celebrating our existing designer brands and showcasing the brilliant new finds we’re still picking up from the fashion capitals and beyond.

Current highlights include Nicole Miller, Tara Jarmon, Laurèl, Essentiel Antwerp and Basler. See our Brands page for many more!

We also love to champion established Irish designers as well as uncovering new talent. We currently stock Aideen Bodkin, Lennon Courtney, Fee G, Heidi Higgins and Susannagh Grogan, as well as Vivian Walsh and MoMuse Jewellery.

If you’re lucky enough to visit our store you’ll also find our ‘wedding boutique’ within a boutique and excellent and expert customer service from the Macbees team. Macbees is built on a history of delivering the highest standard of customer service and we want to offer our online shoppers the same sartorial guidance as you’d find in store, so keep up-to-date by tuning into our blog or even better sign up to our Newsletter for plenty of exciting new arrivals, on-trend treasures and the latest offers.

But if you can’t make it, fear not fashion seekers – that’s why Macbees has decided to take it global with the launch of

So what are you waiting for click here for fabulous!


Illustration credit: Christian Lacroix

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