The official handover of the Florence Vere O’Brien Limerick Lace Collection to Limerick Museum by her granddaughter Veronica Rowe took place on Thursday 20 June 2019 in the Hunt Museum.
The handover was attended by Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Gerard Mitchell and Dr.Matthew Potter as well as by Veronica Rowe, the granddaughter of Florence.
Florence Vere O’Brien was central to reviving and promoting the brand over a 40-year period between 1883 and 1922. To honour her memory and the influence she had on the lace industry in Limerick and beyond, Florence’s granddaughter Veronica Rowe kindly agreed to hand over her collection to the Limerick Museum on long term loan.
The collection, which is the most important private collection of Limerick lace, contains lace pieces, lace patterns and other related objects, mostly dating back to the time of Florence Vere O’Brien.
Deputy Mayor of Limerick City and County Council Cllr Gerard Mitchell, , thanked Veronica Rowe for her generosity in donating the collection on behalf of the people of Limerick, emphasising that this is one of the most significant donations to Limerick Museum for many years.
Dr. Matthew Potter said it was a privilege for him to accept the donation on behalf the Limerick Museum. At the same time, he thanked the Hunt Museum for agreeing to put the most important part of the collection on public display in the beautiful Captain’s Room, and spoke about the excellent collaboration between the two museums.