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Friends of Lace Limerick with Limerick Museum reveals the latest edition of the Amazing Lace Symposium this Saturday, March 23, 2024

Friends of Lace Limerick has revealed the programme of events for the 2024 Amazing Lace Symposium

Friends of Lace Limerick has revealed the programme of events for the 2024 Amazing Lace Symposium this Saturday, March 23, 2024
The morning session will feature open conversations about past and upcoming events planned for 2024, setting the stage for an informative and collaborative day.

Friends of Lace Limerick with Limerick Museum reveals the latest edition of the Amazing Lace Symposium this Saturday, March 23, 2024, at the Absolute Hotel promising a day filled with discussions and insights into the world of lace.

The 2024 Amazing Lace Symposium marks the third edition of the event following successful events in October 2018 and November 2019, and will see lace enthusiasts, historians, artists, lacemakers, and students celebrate the artistry and cultural significance of lace.

The morning session will feature open conversations about past and upcoming events planned for 2024, setting the stage for an informative and collaborative day.


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An exciting addition to this year’s symposium is the introduction of the Lace Trail initiative across Ireland which aims to honour the rich history of lacemaking and bring lace-making groups and artists together across the island. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the initiative and its impact on Ireland’s cultural landscape.

The symposium will open at 10 am, with a welcome address by Cllr. Gerald Mitchell, Mayor of Limerick City and County and the day will see talks and presentations to peak enthusiasts’ interests.

Friends of Lace Limerick 2024 Amazing Lace Symposium will honour Ireland’s lace culture

Notable sessions include Matthew Potter’s exploration of Limerick lace’s historical significance, Sharon Slater’s talk on the artisans behind the stitches, and Randel Hodkinson and Grania McElligott’s discussion on the enduring legacy of Maude Kearney.

Bairbre Guilfoyle will deliver a keynote address titled “Lacemaking in Ireland: Looking forward, looking back,” offering insights into the future of the craft.

After a lunch break where lunch will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, and will be covered by the cost of the ticket, the afternoon sessions will begin which include presentations on Irish crochet lace revival, community lace projects, and historical perspectives on various lace types.

The day will culminate in panel discussions on lace preservation and the preservation of lacemaking traditions in the modern era.

Tickets are available now, and booking for the event is advised.

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