Author: Gabriela Avram

  • Limerick lace pop-up exhibition

    Limerick lace pop-up exhibition

    For this year’s Heritage Week, we have decided to bring our lace out of the museum setting and on to the main street, so that people who are not frequent museum goers or are unaware of Limerick’s lace making history and traditions can come upon our exhibition accidentally. We want to demonstrate that lace making…

  • Bring Out Your Lace 2024

    Bring Out Your Lace 2024

    Does your family have any piece of lace hidden away in a drawer? Maybe a family heirloom, or something you have acquired at some point that you wonder about.  Friends of Lace Limerick in collaboration with People’s Museum Limerick are organising a special event on Saturday, 24 August 2024, where you can bring in your…

  • 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…

  • Classes starting in May 2024

    An additional term of Limerick lace classes is starting on Wednesday, May 1st, at 7pm. The classes are taking place on Henry Street in Limerick. This is a 10 weeks term, and beginners are welcome. The classes are being taught by Tony O’Malley helped by Eva Ryley. You can sign up here.

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Recording of talk on Maude Kearney

    Recording of talk on Maude Kearney

    On October 3rd 2023, we celebrate 150 years from the birth of Maude Kearney, luminary of Limerick lace. The famed Limerick lace-maker, designer and entrepreneur Maude Kearney was born on this day in 1873. For over fifty years, Mrs Kearney ran a lace-making business in Limerick City called the Thomond Lace Industry, which employed between…

  • Introductory lacemaking workshops for UL students

    Introductory lacemaking workshops for UL students

    At the invitation of the @ULCrafts Society, Eva Ryley and Gabriela Avram, from Toni O’Malley’s lace-making class, led two introductory Limerick lace workshops on October 24 and again on November 7 2022 with two groups of students at the University of Limerick. The images below are from the last session. We shared with the students…