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Cottages to Castles: Heritage Lacemaking & Afternoon Tea

Killeavy Castle Estate, 12 Ballintemple Road, Killeavy, Newry, County Armagh, BT35 8LQ
Hear some amazing lace stories


Pick up the thread of living history and experience this wonderful 200 year old tradition. Join Rosie Finnegan-Bell, a fourth-generation Lace-maker, at the awarding winning Killeavy Castle Estate on the slopes of the stunning Slieve Gullion for a truly special feel-good experience where she will share with you the incredible richness of the local lace tradition. Rosie and her fellow lace-makers continue a lace making tradition that began in Culloville village almost 200-years ago garnering a reputation as the King of the Irish Laces and paving the way for the renowned Irish lace-making tradition of Carrickmacross Lace. As a gifted story teller, Rosie will regale you with amazing lace stories from the local area and will show you some of her beloved antique lace and pattern collection. During this memorable experience, you will see how the lace is made before trying your hand at the basic lace-making techniques as Rosie guides you in creating your very own piece of lace. Relax and unwind further by delighting your taste buds with luxury 'Afternoon Tea' whilst savouring the exquisite atmosphere and gorgeous views that surround this magnificent venue.

Welcome 'Céad míle fáilte' Tea or coffee on arrival
Luxury Afternoon Tea
Bespoke Lace-making kit with instruction leaflet

We are Covid certified 'Good to Go'
Please note we are unable to offer any Refunds. However, where there is proof of a positive PCR test we will happily apply credit to a future Heritage Lace-making Experience or you may wish to transfer your place on the day to someone else.

'Exquisite beyond words in every way' Rose Reel

'Wonderful afternoon learning about the traditions of the thread - thank you Rosie' Siobhan Connolly

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. So interesting, engaging and inspiring. Great day!! Amanda McCausland
'Beautiful pieces bringing history alive - a very enjoyable afternoon' Caterina Phillips



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