The Tale of Cotton On

Baby booties with flowers sitting on a white background

After almost 27 years creating embroidered gifts in a small shop in Galway city centre you nearly forget how it all started. Ann Mellotte (the previous owner) started with a small embroidery machine above her Aunt's shop on Shop Street in Galway many moons ago. My mother Sheila Glynn began working for her, as Ann went out on the road to drum up some more business for her new venture.

The business started to grow and Ann then moved into a shop unit in the Old Malt Mall in Galway.  At 16 years old this is where I first got my first experience working at embroidery and where my Cotton On story began.  Cotton On's signature product in the beginning was personalised towels and alongside the corporate clients the business began to grow.

In 1991 Cotton On was opened in the Eyre Square Centre and the first Christmas there I reckon everyone in Galway got a towel with their name on it. From October 2001 I Maura Glynn took over ownership of Cotton On from Ann. My first Christmas 2001 as owner of Cotton On will always hold a special place in my heart. I put my life on hold for a while to build up the business and worked long and hard to make sure that everyone got their order on time. Through the good times and the hard times I kept slogging along with the help of my mammy Sheila. I expanded the product range to include Baby Blankets, Children’s Bathrobes, Toddler Quilts and Teddy bears.

In May 2012 I decided to expand the business and I moved the embroidery equipment home.  I started printing t-shirts and other garments in the Eyre Square Centre under the name Print On.  The garment printing business took off immediately, but after three years of running two business I was finding it hard to balance everything. In December 2015 with the printing business taken over and now I can concentrate totally on the embroidery side. So finally in 2016 I  got the website up and running.  After many attempts I am now ready to take the leap into the online world hope you will join me.

I would like to thank all my customers, family and friends over the years for their loyal support and look forward to creating many online friendships.

Maura Glynn

Cotton On