Classes in lacemaking at The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre.
Adults tuesdays, 11.00am to 1.00pm
Children saturdays, 11.00am ti 1.00pm
Our recently published ‘The Lace Story, Kenmare and Other Irish Laces’ can now be purchased from our on-line shop on this web site.
The Lace Story, Kenmare and Other Irish Laces.
Kenmare Lace Festival Oct 3rd to 6th 2013.
Our festival was a tremendous success.
A great time was had by all, Lacemaking workshops, competitions, exhibitions, fashion shows, lace library, childrens workshops, social tables, and of course great food!see our facebook pages for some fabulous pictures.
Winners of the Kenmare Lace International Lacemaking Festival
1st Rachel Mclaren, Great Britain
2nd Kathie Earle, Ireland
3rd Annette Meldrum, Australia
1st Evelyn Manuk, Italy.
2nd Fiona Harrington, Ireland
3rdOrla Breslin, Ireland
Niamh Finnegan, Ireland
Kenmare Lace has an international reputation and has been an important part of our heritage since 1861. Our local lacemakers ensure that ourtradition is still kept alive today. We would like to share that heritage
and tradition with you. Kenmare Lace Festival will celebrate lace and offer the very best of opportunities for you to:- learn more about lace making, meet like minded lacemakers.
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 also had another talent.
This was as 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 the 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