The Kenmare Lace Festival – 19-22 March 2015

From the Kenmare Lace Festival website:

Kenmare Biennial Lace Festival had its origins in ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’, a series of events, festivals and gatherings of all kinds welcoming people to Ireland during 2013.

From 19 to 22 March 2015 we will again celebrate the wonderful heritage of lacemaking and design established by the Poor Clare nuns in post famine Kenmare in the 1860s.

There is a full festival programme with lacemaking workshops in nine different disciplines running over two days. For the fashion conscious there will be a fashion show, a fashion-able competition and ‘meet the designers’ at the Art & Design Cloister. Exhibitions will showcase the very best in lacemaking and Irish design. There will be a full day of lacemaking workshops including Kenmare Lacemaking for both beginners and experienced lacemakers.


All the events are aimed at encouraging people to uphold tradition, good design and culture. To find out what is taking place during the festival go to the programme page.

The festival includes lace making workshops (3h each) in the following types of lace:

  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace
  • Carrickmacross Lace
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Traditional Irish Crochet Lace
  • Limerick Lace

Registration is now open for lace making workshops. Workshops are running on Friday and Saturday.

Recording of ‘Amazing Lace’ launch

Many thanks to Michael Potter for filming the launch of the Amazing Lace book and Exhibition.

Jacqui Hayes, Limerick Archivist hosted the evenings events, Pascal Pestre, Deputy Mayor of Calais launched the exhibition. Among the special guests was Veronica Rowe, who is the grand daughter of Florence Vere-O’Brien, one of the most important names in the history of Limerick lace. While Dr Matthew Potter spoke about the history of Limerick Lace.

Thank you very much to all who were present, and don’t forget the exhibition will be open until March 2015! The Amazing Lace book is available for sale at the museum and in the O’Mahony book shop.