• Limerick Lace classes this autumn

    New Limerick Lace classes are starting at the Granary (in the Library) on September 14th 2017 (Thursday mornings 10:30 to 12:30).For registering your interest or for getting more information, call Toni on 087 277 5113.IMG_20151008_123634

  • Lacemaking Weekend at An Grianán

    The Guild of Irish Lacemakers will be hosting a lace-making weekend at An Grianán in July 2016. There will be classes in five disciplines as well as a Social Room for those who wish to just relax and make lace but without the formality of a class.

    The cost for the full residential package covers bed and board as well as the class fee, while non-residents and Saturday-only attendees can chose between two options that includes class fees and some meals. All packages are open to non-members as well as members, who want to get away from it all in this beautiful part of the country, while practicing their craft-making skills.


    Residential: €210 Member/€250 Non-member
    Non-Residential (including High Tea, Saturday): €175 Member/€200 Non-member
    Non-Residential (excluding High Tea, Saturday): €155 Member/€180 Non-member
    Saturday only (including lunch & High Tea): €70 Member/€85 Non-member
    Saturday only (including lunch): €50 Member/€60 Non-member

    Deposit €50 required


    To book a place, please visit The Guild of Irish Lacemakers website to download the booking form and return to The Secretary, GOIL, 106 Ceannt Fort, Mount Brown, Dublin 8, enclosing your deposit.


    Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
    Mountmellick Work with Maree Maher
    Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
    Carrickmacross Lace with Mary Shields
    Irish Crochet Lace with Anne Greene

  • Lace Drawing Award & Exhibition Launch

    At 6pm on Monday January 25th in the Limerick School of Art & Design Church Gallery, Clare Street, there will be an exhibition based on entries for a lace design competition, the ‘Florence Vere O’Brien’ award. There will also be an award ceremony for winners of the competition on the night.

  • Limerick lace course at the Hunt Museum – the first steps

    Now in its fourth week, the Limerick lace course taught by Toni O’Malley at the Hunt Museum is bringing the six participants on a beautiful journey.

    • The first week’s session was dedicated to the preparation of the tools and pattern tracing.
    • The second week saw the participants choosing a pattern and attaching it to the hoop, followed by learning the outline stitch.
    • During the third session, Toni taught us the heavy darn stitch.

    See below a few images of our group at work:

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    Tools of the trade:

    Old Limerick lace piece recently cleaned and restored by Toni:

  • 10 weeks Limerick lace course starting this Thursday!

    A 10 weeks course on Limerick lace making is starting at the Hunt Museum on Thursday, 24 September 2015 at 10:30.

    The group will meet every Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

    The meeting point for Thursday is in the Hunt Museum shop.

    For more information and for registering, ring Toni O’Malley at 087 2775113.

    The cost is 11o€ for the 10 sessions + 20€for materials.

  • Bring Out Your Lace

    As part of National Heritage Week 2015, Limerick Museum and Archives are asking the public to bring out their lace to a show and tell event on:

    Tuesday 25th August between 11am and 1pm
    Exhibition Area, City Hall, Limerick.

    On the day we will have lace expert Nora Finnegan, from Kenmare Lace and textile conservator Cliodhna Devitt available to give tips and advice preserving and storage. We will also have a professional photographer available to photograph the lace.

    You do not need to have lace to come along on the day to listen to the stories of lace and to learn tips on how to preserve textiles.

    Please share with others who may be interested in the lace industry in Ireland.

    This is a free event and no booking is required.

    For more details contact 061 407293 or Email archives@limerick.ie
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  • Alb (2011.0003)

    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)

    OBJECT: 2011.0003 Alb
    DESCRIPTION:. Alb, white cotton with Limerick lace skirt.
    PATTERN: The skirt has a scalloped bottom edge from which rise strands of foliage; one at centre back terminates in a monstrance with the letters IHS inside and a dove above; either side the terminals are chalices, over the remainder alternate terminals are either a chalice or sacred heart.
    FIBRE: Cotton
    SIZE: Circumference x 76 cm depth of lace.
    COMMENTS: Long sleeve, deep v at front tied at neck Design rises most of height of skirt.
    DATE: 1930 – 1950
    GIFT OF: Not known.
    STORED: Archival Box G

    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)
    ecclesiastical lace
    Alb (2011.0003)

    REPACKED 14th March 2019: http://limericklace.ie/?p=1779

    LIMERICK MUSEUM CATALOGUE LINK: http://museum.limerick.ie/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/56204