The internationally renowned Carrickmacross Lace was first established in the 1820’s by a Mrs Grey Porter, wife of the Rector of Donaghmoyne. It went into decline in the 1840’s but was revived by a Miss Read, who had also opened a lace-making factory in nearby Cullaville. This survived until the end of the 19th century. Tristram Kennedy of the Bath estate had meanwhile established a lace-making school in Carrickmacross but this also declined, only to be revived yet again, this time by the Sisters of St Louis who had established a convent in the town. This cottage industry has since flourished and one of its recent great achievements was being featured on the late Princess Diana’s wedding dress.
At the Lace Gallery one can view and buy this famous Carrickmacross Lace. A demonstration can be provided on request. Workshops can also be arranged if booked in advance.
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Starter Packs with patterns, materials, needles, scissors, etc. for new enthusiasts!
Monday - Saturday : 9.30am - 5pm (4pm close during January to March)