Constitution of Friends of Lace Limerick
The group shall be called ‘Friends of Lace’, hereinafter referred to as the Group.
The aims of the Group shall be:
- To celebrate Limerick’s history of lace making going back to 1829.
- To record and research existing artefacts in Limerick Museum and private collections.
- To develop lace-making skills in the Limerick area and beyond.
- To create lace-making teaching resources and support the formation of new Limerick lace instructors.
- To engage with the local community (community groups, schools, third level
institutions etc.) to promote the tradition of Limerick Lace.
- To bring Limerick lace back to public attention by supporting novel interpretations and uses of Limerick lace.
- To promote artist-led initiatives that celebrate Limerick Lace across multiple art-forms and encourage public participation.
- To work toward establishment of a Lace Study Centre within the Limerick Museum.
- To foster and encourage communication between people interested in traditional and
contemporary lace making, and to form links with other lace-making groups, guilds,
networks and communities at home and abroad.
- To organise lectures, workshops, exhibitions and other activities related to lace-
making within the community.
- To promote the work of the Group using all traditional and digital media platforms.
- To participate in local, national and international events to bring visibility to the
Limerick Lace tradition (e.g. Heritage Week, Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival,
- To contribute positively to Limerick’s cultural landscape, highlighting the city as a
lace making place in the past and in the present, and as a tourism destination.
- Membership shall be open to individuals who are interested in the history and techniques of Limerick lace and are in agreement with the aims of the Group and who are willing to comply with the conditions set out in the Constitution.
- All members are eligible to join the Committee if nominated, proposed and seconded
at an AGM. Where several nominations are proposed and seconded for a committee
role the committee member will be elected by a show of hands at the AGM.
- The Group’s activities shall be managed by the Committee. Committee members are
nominated, seconded and proposed at the AGM and elected by a show of hands at the
- The Committee shall act in accordance with the terms of the Constitution and charged
with the management of the Group’s activities.
- The Committee shall have at least 4 members. Once elected, members shall be
appointed to the following roles:
- Education Officer
- Communications Officer
- Design and Creativity Officer
- Each Committee member shall serve a term of 1 year and may, subject to nomination
offer him/herself for re-election.
- The Committee shall meet in Limerick or online at least 4 times every calendar year
and written minutes will be kept for each meeting.
- Committee members shall endeavour to attend all meetings and shall send apologies
in advance to the Chairperson, if they are unable to attend a meeting. Repeated
absentees may be asked to step down at the discretion of the committee. A Committee
meeting shall proceed as long as 50% or more Committee members are present to
- The Group shall raise funds by means of
a. Submission of funding applications to arts, craft, heritage, community or other
support agencies as agreed by the Committee.
b. Sale of lace-themed objects
c. Other fundraising methods as considered appropriate by the Committee and
- Any funds raised by the Group shall be used solely to promote the activities of the
Group in accordance with the Constitution.
- Correct books and accounts showing the financial affairs of the Group shall be kept
by the Treasurer, who shall submit same to each meeting of the Committee.
- Any bank/credit union account as deemed necessary by the Committee, shall be kept
in the name of the Group.
- The Treasurer shall produce a full financial statement annually and present it at each
Annual General Meeting.
Annual General Meeting
- The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Group shall be held each year at a time
and place determined by the Committee, not being more than 15 months after the
- At least 2 weeks’ notice shall be given to members. The notice shall invite
nominations for election to the Committee.
- The AGM shall include
Chairperson’s report, Treasurer Report, Secretary Report and election of new
Amendments to the Constitution
Amendments to the Constitution can only be presented, proposed and seconded at the AGM.
Notice of a proposed amendment shall be sent in writing to the Committee at least 1 month
prior to the AGM. An amendment shall be effective if passed by a two thirds majority of the
members present and voting.
Special General Meeting
A special general meeting of the Group may be called with 2 weeks’ notice, following a
written request from ten or more members of the Group or from the Committee. Any request
for a SGM shall state the reason and include the full text of any motion or proposal to be
submitted to the meeting. The meeting shall not consider any other business than that for
which the meeting was called.
The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present
and voting at an AGM.