A lady with a vibrant energy and full of jokes, Marion Murphy Cooney is fast becoming a household name. Her designs are all over red carpet events and style awards up and down the country. Marion is a great inspiration as a mother, a wife and an entrepreneur–with three children, a demanding job and a husband who regularly travels with his work. We found it very interesting to step into the world of this fashion designer
How long have you been playing music? And what was the first song you ever learned to play?
I’ve been singing since always really. Everyone in my family sings so I was surrounded by it at home and at school. My earliest memory is singing along with the TV to ‘Name That Tune’ with Lionel Blair on the BBC….. And now I feel old.
If you haven’t heard of Hermitage Green by now then you have been hiding down a deep, deep hole. They are Limerick’s most popular band and they are certainly one of Ireland’s most popular bands. They have been together since 2010 and in that time have managed to sell out the Academy in Dublin, pack out Electric Arena at Electric Picnic, not to mention a sold out tour in Australia.
Glitzy, glamorous, gleaming… as a copywriter for a company (which shall remain nameless) that sells a lot of lower-end jewellery; I spend a good part of my day coming up with adjectives such as these to describe crystal encrusted pendants in the shape of dogs and other such questionable accessories.
Can fashion be transformed into a sustainable industry?
On a recent shopping trip to H&M I found myself pondering the subject of sustainable fashion yet again. It’s a topic that has come to the fore in a major way due to research over the past decade or so into the harm the industry causes the environment, and one that leaves the fashion sphere divided.
A simple background check on the band reveals that the guys are one of the hardest working bands in the country. Formerly Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, they released their debut album ‘The Devil In Music’ in 2011, and played close to 100 shows within 24 months, across Ireland, the UK & Canada (80 of those shows were within the first 10 months!).
Tell us about yourself.
Well I majored in print making in LSAD. Then, I went straight back to do a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment, which I loved, and it is in that my work is mainly based. From there I’ve got involved in urban art projects. I started CathairGrá, or ‘City Love’ as a community art initiative.