Limerick Lace

  • 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,…

  • Brainstorming with Giordana Giache

    Brainstorming with Giordana Giache

    The second brainstorming workshop was led by Giordana Giache, lacemaker, educator and reputed artist, founding member of Lumen Street Theatre , in the Limerick Museum on the morning of 24 November. Building on the results of the previous workshop, the participants discussed several topics. Below a sample of these topics: Again, the participants discussed how…

  • 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…

  • Brainstorming with Paula Rafferty

    Brainstorming with Paula Rafferty

    The brainstorming workshop led by Paula Rafferty took place on 9 November 2023 in the UL City Campus. Paula Rafferty is a renowned Quilter and Textile Artist and a fabulous teacher. We worked in groups and we kept on rotating in order to generate as many ideas as possible. Three topics were put to discussion:…

  • Lacemakers training in FabLab Limerick

    Lacemakers training in FabLab Limerick

    As part of the “Lace Making in the Digital Age” project funded by Creative Ireland and Limerick City and County Council through Creative Ireland- Made in Limerick, a group of lacemakers, artists and members of the public attended a 4-week training in Fablab Limerick.  The first Fablab session took place on Thursday, October 19 2023.…

  • Lace Making in the Digital Age

    Lace Making in the Digital Age

    Creative Ireland – Made in Limerick project – Registration now open With the support of the Creative Ireland- Made in Limerick programme, Friends of Lace Limerick are offering training for lacemakers and artists in using digital fabrication. The training will take place in 4 consecutive Thursdays in Fablab Limerick  from 6:30 to 7:30pm, starting with 19…

  • 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…

  • Limerick lace classes this autumn

    Limerick lace classes this autumn

    A new 10 weeks semester of lacemaking classes focusing on Limerick lace will start on Tuesday, October 3rd 2023. The classes will take place on Tuesday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm in a location on Dock Road, Limerick. The classes are taught by Toni O’Malley. Complete beginners are welcome. A beginner kit will be provided.…

  • A conversation with Susan Frawley

    A conversation with Susan Frawley

    Dr. Susan Frawley is the chairperson of Friends of Lace Limerick. As part of a series of videos dedicated to HeritageWeek2023 and AugustCraftMonth2023, we invited her to talk about the Friends of Lace group, their projects and upcoming events. The series of ten videos created as part of the Laces of Ireland are all available…

  • Lace Talk: Maude Kearney: Luminary of Limerick Lace

    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…