A Talk on Limerick Lace

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 archives@limerick.ie.

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 sharon.slater@limerick.ie

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

The Limerick lace-inspired dress

Suzanna studio
For her master project, Suzanna Melinn (currently studying Interactive Media in UL) is  working on an interactive installation including a dress and a number of lace-made/lace-inspired artefacts.

Trying to understand better how museum visitors would appreciate and interact with the future installation, Suzanna presented an improvised dress and a number of wearable artefact to five potential visitors (recruited from both staff and students ranks) in the design studio at the University of Limerick. The feedback was extremely useful for fine tuning the design of the installation. We would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers who gave their time!

Limerick Lace Open Call

 In order to better understand the attitudes related to Limerick lace, Suzanna Melinn set to find and interview people who have a connection with Limerick lace. She met with crafters around the city, but also issued this public call. Help her find more links!
Are you interested in Limerick Lace? Do you own an item of Limerick Lace that holds sentimental value?
My name is Suzanna and I am currently studying for a master’s at the University of Limerick.
I am working on a project in conjunction with a Limerick Lace exhibition which will be held this year.  I am collating stories of those involved in the crafting domain and the stories of nostalgia people have associated with crafted lace items.
Would you be interested in taking part in a  study for an installation  that aims to revive the tradition of Limerick Lace?
This study is open to anyone who has a story to tell and would like to share that with me.
If you are interested  in talking to me, please leave a comment and I will get in touch.

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.