Limerick Lace

  • Limerick Lace Beginners Workshop

    Limerick Lace Beginners Workshop

    We were delighted to collaborate with the Northstar Family Support Project in offering an initiation into Limerick lace to a group of ladies yesterday, 28 May 2024. Eva Ryley presented the first steps in Limerick lace: setting the hoop , threading the needle, copying a pattern and attaching it to the hoop, creating an outline…

  • Invited Speaker: Gabrielle O’Gorman

    Invited Speaker: Gabrielle O’Gorman

    On 27 April 2024, we had the honour to host Gabrielle O’Gorman at our monthly Lace Day in the Limerick Museum. Gabrielle spent two years in the Pennywell Magdalene Laundries in the 60s, and was taught to make Limerick lace. She worked on the christening robe gifted to president J.F. Kennedy on the occasion of…

  • Friends of lace AGM for 2024

    Friends of lace AGM for 2024

    Friends of Lace Limerick met on 24 February 2024 in the Limerick Museum for the 2024 AGM. On the agenda, we had the Chairperson’s report, the Treasurer’s report, the Secretary Report, and the election of the new committee for 2024-2025. After listening to the three reports, we proceeded to elect the new committee. This is…

  • The Programme of the Amazing Lace Symposium

    The Programme of the Amazing Lace Symposium

    This is the final version of the programme: The Symposium will take place on Saturday, 23 March 2024, at the Absolute Hotel in Limerick. Friends of Lace Limerick will be at the venue from 9am, to welcome the participants and facilitate setting-up the pop-up exhibition. The symposium will open at 10 am, with a welcome…

  • Limerick lace classes starting in January 2024

    Limerick lace classes starting in January 2024

    A new 10 weeks term of lacemaking classes focusing on Limerick lace will start on Tuesday, 9 January 2024. The classes will take place on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm in a location on Dock Road, Limerick. The classes are taught by Toni O’Malley. Complete beginners are welcome. A beginner kit will be provided.…

  • Announcing our keynote speaker for the Amazing Lace Symposium

    Announcing our keynote speaker for the Amazing Lace Symposium

    This post is part of a series of posts detailing the talks and panels scheduled for the Amazing Lace Symposium 2024 on 23 March in the Absolute Hotel. To see the whole programme, go here. Our keynote speaker for the Amazing Lace Symposium is Bairbre Guilfoyle. The title of her keynote is: ‘Lacemaking in Ireland:…

  • Amazing Lace Symposium 2024

    Amazing Lace Symposium 2024

    Friends of Lace Limerick in collaboration with Limerick Museum are delighted to announce a new edition of the Amazing Lace Symposium for 23 March 2024 in Limerick. We aim to start at 10am (or 10:30) and finish before 5pm. Two previous editions took place in October 2018 and November 2019. The venue is the same: The…

  • Exhibition launch – The Art of the Stitch: The Enduring Legacy of Maude Kearney

    Earlier this year, Grania McElligott agreed to donate her grandmother’s historic lace collection to Limerick Museum. Maude Kearney is one of the most important personalities who impacted the history of Limerick lace. In 1904, she opened her first lacemaking business in Limerick, employing more than 50 women. Now, her lace collection, including exquisite lace pieces,…

  • Brainstorming with Giordana Giache

    Brainstorming with Giordana Giache

    The second brainstorming workshop was led by Giordana Giache, lacemaker, educator and reputed artist, founding member of Lumen Street Theatre , in the Limerick Museum on the morning of 24 November. Building on the results of the previous workshop, the participants discussed several topics. Below a sample of these topics: Again, the participants discussed how…

  • Meeting with Brazilian lacemakers in Dublin

    Meeting with Brazilian lacemakers in Dublin

    The Brazilian Embassy in collaboration with the Guild of Irish Lacemakers, organised a meeting between a group of visiting Brazilian lacemakers and Irish lacemakers at the Mansion House on Thursday 23 November 2023 between 10am and 3pm.. The Brazilian lacemakers visiting come from Divina Pastora in Sergipe, where a needle lace, originally brought there by Irish nuns, is a…