An Introduction to Kenmare Lace
Welcome to the Kenmare Lace Experience
Kenmare Lace is a needlepoint Irish Lace. It is made with a needle and thread. It is based on the detached buttonhole stitch. The Poor Clare nuns came to Kenmare in 1861. They were brought there to teach the children of the locality. They did this very well. They also gave them a skill with which to earn a living. This skill was lacemaking.
The nuns in Kenmare were also talented artists. Training in design added value to their lacemaking and so Kenmare Lace became known worldwide.
Kenmare lace is still made today at the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre in Kenmare.
Here you can learn about the history of this unique industry started by the nuns of Kenmare.
Antique lace from the Poor Clare Convent can be seen in the Heritage Centre Situated in behind the Tourist Office and upstairs in the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre