This Wonderful Little Place … Nick’s Coffee, Ranelagh


For Emylou Hurley, founder of Organic Movement cotton yoga wear, a trip to this local café is an essential part of her weekend …

Getting lost in Vietnam and stranded in a port town where nobody spoke English; living in a treehouse on a Greek island; driving from California to Las Vegas. These are some of my most memorable travel experiences and ones which I will never forget.

Yet it was a trip to India which has had a profound effect on the direction of my life and work. I quit my job and sold my car to go there on a journey of self-discovery. It became a real Eat Love Pray adventure. While in India, I discovered a love for yoga and also got used to wearing breathable cotton trousers and T-shirts – rather than polyester leggings.

When I returned home, I decided I wanted to make eco-friendly yoga wear accessible to the Irish market, and hence Organic Movement was born in 2018. Without a doubt the White Chevron leggings are best sellers. I saw a real uptick in business during the first lockdown, when people were practising yoga at home and wearing comfortable, practical clothing. Customers have told me they particularly like the unusual print, which is also a silkscreen printed by hand, rather than digitally, which adds to its beauty. At the moment, I am working on a capsule collection of mix and match tops and bottoms, in new colourways and prints.

An essential part of my life and weekend routine is a visit to Nick’s Coffee [22 Ranelagh, St Peter’s, Dublin 6]. It has always been a place where there is a real sense of community. Pre-Covid you could sit in the sunshine and meet people from all walks of life. At the moment, in lockdown, it’s the simple things in life that stand out and make me feel grounded and content. Getting my coffee from Nick’s on a Saturday morning and reading the weekend newspapers are essential.


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