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Dubarry of Ireland or just Dubarry is a footwear and clothing company headquartered in Ballinasloe, County Galway
County Galway is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the city of Galway. Galway County Council is the local authority for the county. There are several strongly Irish-speaking areas in the west of the county...
. Dubarry was established in 1937 by the newly formed Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce primarily as a co-operative initiative to provide local employment. It then grew into one of the most well-known producers of moccasin
A moccasin is a slipper made of deerskin or other soft leather, consisting of a sole and sides made of one piece of leather, stitched together at the top, and sometimes with a vamp . Though sometimes worn inside, it is chiefly intended for outdoor use, as in exploring wildernesses and running from...
constructed shoes and Gore-Tex
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lined boots in Europe.
In November 2004, Dubarry ceased its manufacturing facility in Ballinasloe, transferring operations to Portugal where it has contract manufacturing partners. Dubarry justified its decision to relocate its entire production line to Portugal on high labour costs in Ireland.. The company headquarters, however, as well as its product development, marketing and distribution departments, remain in Ballinasloe.
They produce deck shoes, sailing boots, yachting boots, country boots, as well as general footwear and school shoes (branded AV8’s) for the local Irish market.
Discontinued brands belonging to the Dubarry company include Hobos, Trix and Trucker.