Programme of Events

     

Kenmare Lace Festival 2015

Thursday 19th March
11am - 6pm: 'Thread' An Exhibition by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin
Venue: Cleo Gallery, Shelbourne Street
View the latest work by two contemporary lacemaking artists. Orla’s work examines the idea of loss and fear throughout the history of lace while Fiona’s work explores the notion that by engaging with the traditional practice of lacemaking, it is possible to gain a deeper sense of identity and place. The exhibition runs until April 12th. Both Orla and Fiona were prize-winners in our 2013 'International Lacemaking Competition'. Free entry With thanks to Cleo for their support. line
4pm – 6pm: Kenmare International Lace Exhibition
Venue: The Carnegie Arts Centre
Delight in others creativity as you view the entries for this year’s competitions. Can you guess who the winners will be? Free entry With thanks to the Carnegie Arts Centre for their support.
line4pm-6pm: Heritage Lace Experience
Venue: Kenmare Heritage Centre, The Courthouse Buildings
Trace Kenmare Lace from the beginning. Wonder at the creativity and talent of the Sisters of St. Clare as they educated others to design and create the beautiful lace for which Kenmare is still renowned today. A special exhibit of antique lace provided by local people will also be on display at the Heritage Centre during the festival. Free entry With thanks to Failte Ireland and locally Veronica and Mary for their continued support.
line8pm: The Kenmare Lace Festival Opening– The official opening of the Festival by Declan Murphy of Failte Ireland.
Venue: Kenmare Heritage Centre, The Courthouse Buildings.
The Kenmare Lace Festival will be officially opened by Declan Murphy of Failte Ireland. Enjoy live music, wine and nibbles. Winner of 'Best Dressed Window' will be announced. Listen to a short talk by Nora Finnegan on "Lacemaking for children", keeping the art of lacemaking alive for the next generation and in particular the projects she has worked on with schoolchildren since the last festival. The 'Heritage Lace Experience' Exhibition will also be accessible during this opening event. Great Raffle to kick off the weekend. Free entry With thanks to Failte Ireland and locally Veronica and Mary for their continued support. line

Friday 20th March

10am – 1pm: Lacemaking Workshops
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace with Nora Finnegan
  • Carrickmacross Lace Traditional with Mary O’Neill
  • Carrickmacross Lace Contemporary with Theresa Kelly
  • Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
  • Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
  • Traditional Crochet Lace with Kathie Earle
All of the teachers are experts in their field. Pobailscoil is three minutes walk from Kenmare town centre. Tickets: €25 per person, per 3 hour workshop. Available to purchase online here. Tools for all lace workshops (bobbins/pillows/crochet hooks/needles) may be borrowed for the duration of the workshop and returned to the teacher afterwards, or you are welcome to bring your own. You will be provided with thread. There will be a ‘lace supplies’ stand nearby if you wish to purchase any lacemaking tools. With many thanks to Dermot Healy and Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their generous support.
line11am - 6pm: 'Thread' An Exhibition by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin
Venue: Cleo Gallery, Shelbourne Street
View the latest work by two contemporary lacemaking artists. Orla’s work examines the idea of loss and fear throughout the history of lace while Fiona’s work explores the notion that by engaging with the traditional practice of lacemaking, it is possible to gain a deeper sense of identity and place. The exhibition runs until April 12th. Both Orla and Fiona were prize-winners in our 2013 'International Lacemaking Competition'. Free entry With thanks to Cleo for their support.
line10am – 6pm: Kenmare International Lace Exhibition
Venue: The Carnegie Arts Centre
Delight in others creativity as you view the entries for this year’s competitions. Can you guess who the winners will be? Free entry With thanks to the Carnegie Arts Centre for their support.
line 10am – 6pm: Lace Library
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
Peruse through wonderful lace books and patterns and be inspired by lacemakers from the past. Free entry With thanks to those who kindly contributed their rare and valuable books.
line10am – 6pm: The Luxury of Irish Lace Exhibition
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
A special viewing of lace made by the teachers. Every teacher has contributed a few 'gems' of their own work in order to put together this fabulous exhibition for the weekend. Free entry With thanks to Dermot Healy and Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their generous support.
line10am – 6pm: Heritage Lace Experience
Venue: Heritage Centre, The Courthouse Buildings
Trace Kenmare Lace from the beginning. Wonder at the creativity and talent of the Sisters of St. Clare as they educated others to design and create the beautiful lace for which Kenmare is still renowned today. A special exhibit of antique lace provided by local people will also be on display at the Heritage Centre during the festival. Free entry With thanks to Failte Ireland and locally to Veronica and Mary for their continued support.
line11am – 5pm: Social Tables
Venues: Jam, Café Mocha and Brooklane
Meet other lace makers, locals, friends, soon to be friends, while you sit and work, chat and share experiences, drink tea and eat delicious cookies. Free entry
lineFrom 12pm: Gourmet Lunch
Venues: In and around Kenmare
Kenmare is packed full of great cafes and restaurants. Take a walk around and indulge your taste buds. (www.kenmare.ie for more info)
line 2pm – 5pm: Lacemaking Workshops
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace with Sinead Hennessy
  • Carrickmacross Lace Traditional with Mary O’Neill
  • Carrickmacross Lace Contemporary with Theresa Kelly
  • Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
  • Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
  • Traditional Crochet Lace with Kathie Earle
All of the teachers are experts in their fields. Pobalscoil is three minutes walk from Kenmare town centre. Tickets: €25 per person, per 3 hour workshop. Available to purchase online here. Tools for all lace workshops (bobbins/pillows/crochet hooks/needles) may be borrowed for the duration of the workshop and returned to the teacher after, or you are welcome to bring your own. You will be provided with thread. With thanks to Dermot Healy and Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their generous support.
line 6pm – 7pm: Official opening of ‘Thread' - An Exhibition by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin
Venue: Cleo Gallery, Shelbourne Street.
View the latest work by two fantastic artists. Fiona and Orla both work with handmade lace (needlepoint and crochet) to create innovative, delicate and tasteful up-to-date pieces of art. Their work will be on display for the duration of the festival at Cleo's boutique on Shelbourne Street. Free entry
line7pm – 10.30pm: ‘Lace and Fashion at the Park'
Venue: The Park Hotel Kenmare
Drinks and canapes from 7pm Show begins at 8pm Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and some canapes as you soak up the atmosphere of the piano lounge. Then make your way to the fine dining hall for a fashion show to remember. View the best of Fashion for all tastes with top designers and local boutiques. Prize Presentations by Helen Cody and Sinead Doyle to the winner and runner up of the Fashion-able Competition - Best Interpretation of Lace. Judges: Sinead Doyle, Helen Cody and Nora Finnegan. Tickets: €40 per person. Available to purchase online here or call 087 2346998 to pre-book your ticket. Raffle tickets available on the night with a chance to win a Christine Bowen painting and a stunning 'Ring of Kerry' ring by PFK. . With many thanks to The Park Hotel, Helen Cody, Sinead Doyle, Alice Halliday for their generous sponsorship and support for this event. 

lineSaturday 5th March

10am – 1pm: Lacemaking Workshops
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace with Sinead Hennessy
  • Carrickmackross Lace Traditional with Mary O’Neill
  • Carrickmacross Lace Contemporary with Theresa Kelly
  • Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
  • Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
  • Traditional Crochet Lace with Kathie Earle
All of the teachers are experts in their field. Pobailscoil is three minutes walk from Kenmare town centre. Tickets: €25 per person, per 3 hour workshop. Available to purchase online here. Tools for all lace workshops (bobbins/pillows/crochet hooks/needles) may be borrowed for the duration of the workshop and returned to the teacher after, or you are welcome to bring your own. You will be provided with thread. There will be a ‘lace supplies’ stand nearby if you wish to purchase any lacemaking tools. With many thanks to Dermot Healy and Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line11am - 6pm: 'Threads' An Exhibition of Contemporary handmade lace artwork - by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin
Venue: Cleo's, Shelbourne Street
View the latest work by two contemporary lacemaking artists. Orla’s work examines the idea of loss and fear throughout the history of lace while Fiona’s work explores the notion that by engaging with the traditional practice of lacemaking, it is possible to gain a deeper sense of identity and place. The exhibition runs until April 12th. Both Orla and Fiona were prize-winners in our 2013 'International Lacemaking Competition'. Free entry With thanks to Cleo for their support.
line10am – 6pm: The Kenmare International Lace Exhibition
Venue: Carnegie Arts Centre
Delight in others creativity as you view the entries for this year’s competitions and discover who the winners are. Free entry With thanks to the Carnegie Arts Centre for their support.
line 10am – 6pm: Lace Library
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Peruse through wonderful lace books and patterns and be inspired by lace makers from the past.  Free entry With thanks to those who kindly contributed their rare and valuable books.
line10am – 6pm: The Luxury of Irish Lace Exhibition
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
A special viewing of pieces made by the teachers. Every teacher has contributed a few 'gems' of their own work in order to put together this fabulous exhibition for the weekend. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line10am – 6pm: Heritage of Lace Experience
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Courthouse Buildings
Trace Kenmare Lace from the beginning. Wonder at the creativity and talent of the Sisters of St. Clare as they educated others to design and create the beautiful lace for which Kenmare is still renowned today. A special exhibit of antique lace provided by local people will also be on display at the Heritage Centre during the festival. Free entry With thanks to Failte Ireland and locally to Veronica and Mary for their continued support.
line10am – 6pm: Lace Supplies Stand
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Stock up on necessary items for lace making and craft or treat yourself to something special.
line 11am – 5pm: Social Tables
Venue: Jam, Café Mocha and Brooklane
Meet other lace makers, locals, friends, soon to be friends, while you sit and work, chat and share experiences, drink tea and eat delicious cookies. Free entry
line10am – 6pm: Fashion-able - An Interpretation of Lace Exhibition
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Enjoy today’s creations from the designers of tomorrow as you view the wonderful range of pieces made by design and textile students. Make a special note of the pieces created by the winner and runner up of the 2015 'Fashion-Able' competition (Best Interpretation of Lace), which appeared in last night's Fashion Show. Free entry
line11am – 2pm: Meet the Designers
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Sinead Doyle, Helen Cody and Alice Halliday. A real opportunity for anyone interested in design and fashion to get a true insight into the industry. Meet the designers in a relaxed atmosphere - they will answer your questions and share experiences. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support
line10am – 6pm: The Art & Design Cloister
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Browse and enjoy or even buy some of the wonderful art and design produced by the exhibitors of the Art and Design Cloister. This years exhibitors will include Alice Halliday, Syra Larkin, Lily Reilly, Orla Harding, Susannah Syndall and Martha Cashman. Rest awhile in the courtyard  and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and something sweet of course at The Cloisters Cafe. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support
line From 12pm: Cloister Café
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine
Tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase in the school with all profits going to the Irish Cancer Society
line 2pm – 5pm: Lacemaking Workshops
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
  • Kenmare Needlepoint Lace with Nora Finnegan
  • Carrickmackross Lace Traditional with Mary O’Neill
  • Carrickmacross Lace Contemporary with Theresa Kelly
  • Limerick Lace with Grainne Conlon
  • Bobbin Lace with Ann Keller
  • Traditional Crochet Lace with Kathie Earle
All of the teachers are experts in their field. Pobailscoil is only 3 mins walk from Kenmare town centre. Tickets: €25 per head, per 3 hour workshop. Available to purchase online here. Tools for all lace workshops (bobbins/pillows/crochet hooks/needles) may be borrowed for the duration of the workshop and returned to the teacher after, or you are welcome to bring your own. You will be provided with thread. There will be a ‘lace supplies’ stand nearby if you wish to purchase any lacemaking tools. With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line8pm: Lecture - Designing for Lace - with Theresa Kelly / Announcement of 'International Lace Competition' prizewinners.
Venue: Carnegie Arts Centre, Kenmare.
Theresa Kelly, Carrickmacross Lace artist explains how she uses flowers and floral shapes in designing her creations. Announcement of the winners of the Kenmare International Lace Competition. Tickets: €5 per person (available at the door) With thanks to The Carnegie Arts Centre for their support. line

Sunday 22nd March

10am - 11.30am: Morning Revision Workshop (All disciplines)
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
On Sunday morning a special revision workshop will be held for anyone who needs help with a piece of lace they started earlier in the weekend. Get help finishing off a piece of lace, ask questions of your teacher or get further patterns or instructions. This revision workshop  is only for those who have previously completed a 3hr workshop on Friday or Saturday. (Adults €10/children €5) Available to purchase online here. With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line10am – 12pm: Heritage Lace Experience
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Courthouse Buildings
Trace Kenmare Lace from the beginning. Wonder at the creativity and talent of the Sisters of St. Clare as they educated others to design and create the beautiful lace that Kenmare is still renowned for today. A special exhibit of antique lace provided by local people will also be on display at the Heritage Centre during the festival. Free entry With thanks to Failte Ireland and locally to Veronica and Mary for their continued support.
line 10am – 12.30pm: Fashion-able - An Interpretation of Lace Exhibition
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Enjoy today’s creations from the designers of tomorrow as you view the wonderful range of pieces displayed by design and textile students. The Winner and Runner up of the 2015 Fashion-able Competition (Best Interpretation of Lace) will be highlighted. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line10am – 12pm: The Kenmare International Lace Exhibition
Venue: Carnegie Arts Centre
Delight in others creativity as you view the entries and see the winning pieces for 2015. Free entry With thanks to the Carnegie Arts Centre  for their support.
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10am – 12.30pm: The Luxury of Irish Lace Exhibition
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
A special viewing of pieces made by the teachers. Every teacher has contributed a few ‘gems’ of their own work in order to put together this fabulous exhibition for the weekend. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
line10am – 12.30pm: Lace Library
Venue: Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine
Peruse through wonderful lace books and patterns and be inspired by lace makers from the past. Free entry With thanks to those who kindly contributed their rare and valuable books. line
11am - 6pm: 'Thread' An Exhibition by Fiona Harrington and Orla Breslin
Venue: Cleo Gallery, Shelbourne Street
View the latest work by two contemporary lacemaking artists. Orla’s work examines the idea of loss and fear throughout the history of lace while Fiona’s work explores the notion that by engaging with the traditional practice of lacemaking, it is possible to gain a deeper sense of identity and place. The exhibition runs until April 12th. Both Orla and Fiona were prize-winners in our 2013 'International Lacemaking Competition'. Free entry With thanks to Cleo for their support.
11.45am – 12.30pm: Pinpoint your Lace
Venue: Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine
Come and talk to the Experts and discover more about your pieces of lace. Free entry With thanks to Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for their support.
 line1.30 pm – 3.30pm: The Lace Luncheon
'Creative Food meets Creative Fashion'
Venue: Sheen Falls Lodge
This year we are having a delicious sit-down lunch, with main course, dessert, tea/coffee and wine. No queuing for the buffet! Relax and unwind after a busy weekend in these luxurious, historic surroundings as you listen to music played by local pianist Kieran Finnegan. Mary Cashman, Principal and founder of ‘Mallow College of Design and Tailoring’, will speak about pursuing a career in fashion and tailoring, bringing us through the pleasures and some of the pitfalls - a great opportunity for potential fashion students to soak up some inspiration and information. There will be a 'walk-around' by the students of Mallow College of Design showing their latest creations. Tickets: Only €28 per person. Available to purchase online here. There will be an opportunity to win a fabulous painting by Christine Bowen. With thanks to The Sheen Falls Lodge and local artists for their support.