A family business since 1902, Kennedy of Ardara was created by Connell Kennedy and his wife Etta, as a general drapery and boots store on Front Street, Ardara, Donegal. However, by the mid 1930’s, the company was concentrating solely on handknits. This was as a result of customer demand and Donegal being synonymous with hand knitting.
By 1960, Kennedy knitwear were employing 800 handknitters, mostly cottage workers, knitting at home. Today, Kennedy of Ardara continue to produce the very best in Irish knitwear with a focus on handknits, in Ardara across the road from the old family home.