Lace Talk: Maude Kearney: Luminary of Limerick Lace

As part of National Heritage Week, the Limerick Museum is offering a lace talk on Friday 18 August at 2pm in the museum.

Dr Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum, will give a talk on famed Limerick lace-maker Maude Kearney (1873-1963). For over fifty years, Mrs Kearney ran a lace-making business in Limerick City called the Thomond Lace Industry, which employed between fifty and eighty workers at the height of its success. 

A member of the distinguished Hodkinson family of Ecclesiastical Decorators of 53 Henry Street, Limerick, she was one of the greatest figures in the history of Limerick lace. 

In 2023, the magnificent Maude Kearney Collection, consisting of numerous examples of Limerick lace and a large number of lace patterns, was donated to Limerick Museum by Grania McElligott, a granddaughter of Maude. 

Coincidently, 2023 is also the 150th anniversary of Maude’s birth and it is entirely fitting that she is remembered as part of Limerick Museum’s Heritage Week programme for this year.





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