Bring Out Your Lace Heritage Week event

Pictured: Dr. Matthew Potter, William O Neill, Brian Hopkinson, Jacqui Hayes and Sharon Slater of Limerick Museum and Archives at the ‘Bring Out Your Lace’ Heritage Week event at Limerick City Hall today.  Picture: John Meyler Photography.

Bring Out Your Lace Heritage Week event

Instruments used for making lace garments on display at the ‘Bring Out Your Lace’ Heritage Week event at Limerick City Hall today. Pic John Meyler Photography.

As part of National Heritage Week 2015, Limerick Museum and Archives today asked the public to ‘Bring Out Your Lace’ to their latest show and tell event at their exhibition area in City Hall, Merchant’s Quay.

More than 200 members of the public participated in a Heritage Week event today aimed at helping people discover if they own a precious piece of Limerick’s history and heritage, where the stories of lace, and their importance within the family, can be shared and recorded.

The Bring Out Your Lace event had experts on hand to identify whether lace items presented on the day are authentic pieces of Limerick Lace.

Limerick Lace is regarded as one of the greatest craft industries in Irish history and is among the most famous and beautiful laces in the world. At its peak in the early 1850s, an estimated 1,800 people were employed in Limerick City making lace. Over many decades, it produced a large output of lace products, from dresses, christening shawls and ecclesiastical robes to handkerchiefs and doilies.

Nora Finnegan, Limerick Lace expert and founder of the Kenmare Lace class, and textile conservator Cliodna Devitt attended the ‘Bring Out Your Lace’ event to provide expert advice and information to members of the public, giving tips about preserving and storing what was made. A professional photographer was also there to document the day and photograph the lace.

All were welcome on the day, including those with no lace or experience with crafting lace, to listen to the stories told and to learn tips on how to preserve textiles.

Visit the Kenmare Lace website here

Visit the National Heritage Week 2015 website here

Read more about Limerick heritage here

Photos by John Meyler.

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