Members of the public bring out their Lace in Limerick

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.

‘Bring Out Your Lace’, which took place in City Hall, 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 ‘Bring Out Your Lace’ to provide expert advice and information to members of the public.

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