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Kenmare Lace and Design Centre

The Heritage Centre | The Square,, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Kenmare, Ireland
+353 64 664 2978
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Must do in Kenmare

Interesting lovely little museum with loads of personal information about making lace from the very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ralph P
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Troisdorf, Germany
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A dying glimpse into history

I never appreciated the amount of work and skill involved in the makung if lace especially through... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
unkybuck
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Tralee, Ireland
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At the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre we demonstrate the making of Kenmare Lace and many other Irish Laces. Here you can see Antique Lace from the Poor Clare Convent Kenmare from the 19th and early 20th centuries. A group half hour demonstration can be booked for a small fee. We also run workshops and teach lacemaking mainly during the off season (winter) We sell locally made handmade lace, lacemaking materials, kits, books and other souvenirs As well as learning about the technique of lacemaking at the Lace Centre you will learn about our heritage of Irish lace and how Irish women supported and kept their familys going during hard times.
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The Heritage Centre | The Square,, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Kenmare, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting lovely little museum with loads of personal information about making lace from the very friendly and passionate staff. You can also buy the handmade lace.

Thank Ralph P
Nora F, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review! Yes, we are definitely passionate about Kenmare lace!

Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

I never appreciated the amount of work and skill involved in the makung if lace especially through the ages. The manual tools on display and the actual weaving in progress is fascinating .( even for a man 😝 ) Well worth a visit 👍

Thank unkybuck
Nora F, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you for your complimentary review. Men are very welcome at The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre! Don't forget some of our best textile designers are men. They have to get their inspiration somewhere!

Reviewed 30 June 2017

I am so glad I took the time to visit the Kenmare Lace abd Design Centre. Mrs. Finnegan took the time to show me how to use the bobbins to make a book mark. There were numerous examples of antique lace, as well as samples...More

Thank cprobst4630
Nora F, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2017

Delighted to show visitors how all the Irish laces are made. Next time I will show you how Kenmare Needlepoint Lace! So glad you enjoyed your visit. A little feedback makes it all worth while!

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

If you are at all interested traditional needle arts, be sure to stop in at the Kenmare Lace and Design Center - located upstairs from the Tourist Information Center in Kenmare. The woman who is the regular hostess there is extremely knowledgeable about needle lace...More

Thank DrQuinnVA
Nora F, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for your very complimentary review. We also demonstrate other Irish laces, including Limerick Lace, Carrickmacross Lace and Irish Crochet Lace. Be sure to ask to be shown how the laces are made when you call.

Reviewed 16 October 2016

Mrs Finnegan is accomplishing an excellent job in keeping this traditional craft alive in the county of Kerry. My husband and I visited in August from Milan. I enjoyed her explanations about the different types of existing lace and the differences with Kenmare lace. I...More

Thank IvannaMirella
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Nice to see your efforts appreciated! I wish we had a larger museum too! However as they say- we must be thankful for small mercies! We are glad to have the Lace Centre in which to display our work.

Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

It's a climb up steep stairs but once at the top you will find some of the most exquisite lace on exhibit. A very knowledgable lady behind the counter was explaining about the technique and history. Some lace for sale too. Be careful going back...More

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2016

Thank you for your complimentary review. We do our best to pass on what we have learned. Unfortunately we cannot do anything about the stairs. However, there is a good sturdy hand rail, if, as you suggest you take care and take your time you...More

Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Kenmare Lace is located above the Visitor's Center. The practice of making lace requires patience and great care. Nora Finnegan has passed this art down to her daughters, and they are skilled, informative and delightful. You can watch them work on demonstration pieces of lace.

Thank Terry H
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our work. Such encouragement is very important to young people!

Reviewed 21 August 2016

Great to hear about a craft that was such an integral part of this charming city's history. The woman who runs it is very knowledgable of the craft itself and it's history. It is a very small place and just takes maybe a half and...More

Thank magicmama
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Thank you for your great review. Your encouragement and support means all the diference!

Reviewed 16 August 2016

Everything you wanted to know about lace -- the history, the process, the products. Kenmare is the place to go for quality and beautiful lace! There are some products and souvenirs for sale too. This centre is located right beside the Tourist Info Office, so...More

Thank 448andyk
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

Thank you so much for your review. The amount of signs we are allowed to put up is limited. We do our best. Great reviews like yours are the best way of letting people know about us and what we do. Thanks again,

Reviewed 11 July 2016

A very interesting visit to understand how the lace tradition and skills have survived. The various types of lace making were demonstrated on request. I was interested in the connection with Coggleshall in Essex. An interesting and worthwhile visit if you are at all interested...More

Thank mrainbird2016
noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you for your very positive review. Great to know the information passed on by us is valued!

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Shop opening hours: April 1st to Mid- October. Open from 25 minutes past 10 in the morning and closes at five thirty pm . it is also closed from one to two fifteen pm . Sorry I had to write the times as it would not accept... More
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