Celebration of Irish Lacemaking

A Celebration of Irish Lacemaking took place from 9th March for four days in the Trident Hotel, Kinsale Co Cork. Lacemakers from all over Ireland were joined by lacemakers from England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Germany, France and the USA, some returning to hone their skills while others were sampling Irish laces for the first time.  Busy hands worked each of the three mornings making the most of the experienced and encouraging teachers on hand.  

On Wednesday afternoon Farina Sternke enthralled us with an illustrated lecture on the history of fans and fan making. Her passion for her hobby shone through her talk and she thoughtfully brought magnificent fans of many different lace which were hugely appreciated, while the delicate workmanship was marvelled at by one and all.  

Farina also collects period costumes and a selection of her stunning dresses was on display from the 10th to the 12th. (See News for information on Farina). A wonderful treat took place just before Farina’s lecture when we enjoyed the skillful playing of the Irish harp by Conni Dawson.

A fashion and design student, Conni’s love of music was self-evident in her playing - a lady with many talents. The connection between Kinsale and the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago was marked in a wonderful lecture by local historian Dermot Ryan on Thursday afternoon.  Often overlooked by events surrounding the Titanic, the sinking of the Lusitania was a pivotal event in Irish sea history.  While the lacemakers were busy working on their creations, examples of their work were on display in many business throughout Kinsale.  This lace trail was an added attraction for our many visitors.  Plans are already being made for another week of lacemaking in March 2016.  Full details will be published here when available.