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
bring out your lace

A Talk on Limerick Lace

Limerick Lace talk

At the same time as our Limerick Lace workshop on Friday the 29 August at 2pm a talk was given on the history of Limerick Lace in Limerick Museum by Dr. Matthew Potter.

The eager crowd gathered early for the talk on Limerick Lace, we had planned for twenty in the talk. These numbers were to swell and a further ten chairs were needed.

Limerick Lace talk

Dr. Matthew Potter tells the history of Limerick Lace

Dr. Matthew Potter, wowed the interested audience with newly discovered facts about Limerick Lace production as well as dispelling myths along the way. The talk was held in the Limerick Museum with a small collection of our Limerick Lace as a back drop. The audience included the grandchildren of one of the lace factory owners, women who had made Limerick Lace in their youth and a number of those in attendance brought along Limerick Lace items which were held by their own families. These included pieces such as a veil that was handed down through generations of brides for over 150 years.

The search is still on for information on Limerick Lace, if you feel you have an insight no matter how small please contact

Limerick Lacemaking Workshop

The workshop organised by the Limerick Museum & Archives as part of Heritage Week was a great success and although only 12 participants were trying out the basic Limerick lace stitches, a lot more people took part.



We were honoured to receive the visit of a former Good Shepherd convent lace maker, who, by pure chance, was visiting the Limerick Museum on the day.

This piece is the work of an advanced lace maker, including some of the 47 types of stitches practices in Limerick lace:


Heritage Week – A History of Limerick Lace

LMAAs part of Heritage Week 2014, Limerick Museum and Archives (LM&A) will be delivering an afternoon of Limerick Lace from 2pm on Friday 29 August in the Limerick Museum, City Hall.

This afternoon will consist of a talk by Dr. Matthew Potter on the history of Limerick Lace, told through the items in the Museum. This talk will take place at 2pm and will repeat at 3pm. These talks are free for all and no booking is required.collar
There is also the opportunity to take part in a basic Limerick Lace making class. All items required will be provided. This class will take place at 2pm sharp and Booking is essential as places are extremely limited.
If you would like to book a place in the Limerick Lace making class please contact

For more details on the Limerick Lace project you can email or follow Limerick Museum and Archives (LM&A) on facebook and twitter.

The Limerick Lace project

“Limerick Lace” is one of the 109 “made in Limerick” projects that were funded under the Limerick- National City of Culture 2014 initiative. The project is undertaken by Limerick Museum & Archives and its main objectives are to design and create an exhibition of Limerick Lace for the Limerick Museum and Archives, and to produce a book on the History of Limerick Lace.


After a brainstorming session last year when the application was prepared and when the idea of a dress came up, the organisers started meeting periodically to work on the project.