Irish sweater worn by Ed Koch in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1978-1989

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Overall: 32 × 54 in. (81.3 × 137.2 cm)
Label printed: "Glencairn Regd. / Hand-knitted in the Donegal Highlands / Made in the Republic of Ireland
Cream-colored wool hand-knit turtleneck sweater with cable patterns (Aran sweater).
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This Irish sweater was worn by New York City mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013) when he marched in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. During the twelve years he served as mayor of the city (1978-1989), Koch donned the sweater to show his support for New York City’s Irish Americans. Koch, of Jewish ethnicity, used to joke that his name was “Ed O’Koch” on that day. The cream-colored wool hand-knit sweater with cable patterns is a traditional Aran sweater, popularly known as a fisherman’s sweater. Koch’s sweater is a turtleneck style. According to the former mayor, he purchased it in Ireland for the express purpose of wearing it in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edward I. Koch
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group