Limerick invited to Bring Out Your Lace 2023 two-day Limerick Lace event. Bring out your Lace event in 2018. Photo: Keith Wiseman
Bring Out Your Lace 2023 with Limerick Museum and Friends of Lace Limerick two-day event as part of Heritage Week and August Craft Month
Limerick Museum and Friends of Lace Limerick announce an exciting two-day event as part of Heritage Week 2023 and August Craft Month where families are invited to bring their hidden treasures, lace heirlooms, and acquired pieces for assessment, cataloguing, and preservation advice.
In 2015, Limerick Museum and Archives ran a similar event and created a beautiful catalogue and in 2018, Friends of Lace in collaboration with Limerick Museum, ran another similar event.
Lace enthusiasts and those interested will have the chance to speak with experts specialising in lace preservation and storage, and all are invited to bring their lace, whether it’s delicate lace doilies, intricate tablecloths, or even modern lace creations, all are welcome to participate in what is a celebration of lace heritage.
This year’s event takes place on Thursday 17 August and Friday 18 August 2023 in the Limerick Museum on Henry Street. The event is free and booking is not required.
Friends of Lace will also organise a pop-up exhibition with pieces from its members’ personal collections on those days.
Whether it’s in the attic or a family heirloom, bring it along for the event experts.
Also on August 18, Dr Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum, will give a talk on famed Limerick lace-maker Maude Kearney (1873-1963).
For over fifty years, Mrs Kearney ran a lace-making business in Limerick City called the Thomond Lace Industry, which employed between fifty and eighty workers at the height of its success.
A member of the distinguished Hodkinson family of Ecclesiastical Decorators of 53 Henry Street, Limerick, she was one of the greatest figures in the history of Limerick lace.
In 2023, the magnificent Maude Kearney Collection, consisting of numerous examples of Limerick lace and a large number of lace patterns, was donated to Limerick Museum by Grania McElligott, a granddaughter of Maude.
Coincidently, 2023 is also the 150th anniversary of Maude’s birth and it is entirely fitting that she is remembered as part of Limerick Museum’s Heritage Week programme for this year.