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Heritage Irish Lace-making Experience

Ti Chulainn Cultural, Events and Accommodation Centre, Mullaghbawn, County Down, BT35 9TT
Heritage Lace making


Join Rosie Finnegan-Bell and her lace-making friends in the charming Tí Chulainn Cultural Centre at the foot of the mythical and mystical Slieve Gullion mountain for this unique heritage lace experience. 

Rosie is a fourth generation lace-maker and a proud native of the Ring of Gullion in South Armagh. She and her fellow lace-makers continue a lace-making tradition that began in Culloville village more than 200 years ago, garnering a reputation as the 'King of the Irish Laces' and paving the way for the world renowned Irish lace-making tradition of Carrickmacross Lace.

Throughout the last century, Culloville's pioneering role in Ireland's Carrickmacross Lace-making industry has been largely forgotten and Rosie has made it her life's ambition to change this.  She has carried out extensive research and continues to be fascinated by the stories she has found in the spaces between the threads.

On the day, you can expect to hear some of these intriguing stories which shed light on the lives of the remarkable women who made this world famous lace.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to watch the hypnotic rhythm of the lace-maker at work and see exquisite antique lace specimens from Rosie's own beloved lace collection.

The main focus of the day, however, will be on the practical hands on learning experience where you will be guided expertly step by step through the lace-making process.  You will learn the essential techniques to make your very own piece of Carrickmacross Lace and get you started on your own unforgettable lace-making journey.  This experience is adapted to suit a range of abilities from the absolute beginner to the more practiced Lace-maker.

Inclusions: All lace-making materials are supplied on the day. Tea/coffee and scones will greet you on your arrival and a light lunch will also be provided for you to enjoy.


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