Not to generalise, but the last place you would expect a man who can’t sew to enjoy visiting is a fabric and yarn shop, yes? Well, one guy does, often, to Róisín McManus’s Quilt Yarn Stitch in Tuam, Co Galway. This is because it has much to offer, and not just in terms of crafts.

“There’s a man here in Tuam, he doesn’t know how to sew and he will never know how to sew,” starts Róisín with a smile, “but he’d be up the town and he’d say, ‘If you’re down in the dumps go into the back of Róisín Brennan’s shop (that’s my maiden name) for a drink of colour’. He’d arrive in and say, ‘I’m coming in for a drink of colour’.”