Design and craft of handmade Irish Carrickmacross Lace
Welcome to the Lace Gallery, where Carrickmacross Lace is designed and crafted by award winning lacemaker Mary O’Neill. The gallery is located close to the famous Altamont Gardens, near Tullow, County Carlow.
Carrickmacross Lace originated in the early 1820’s and its style was inspired by some examples of appliqué lace collected by Mrs Grey Porter of Donaghmoyne, near Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, while on her honeymoon in Italy in 1816.
Lace is always associated with wedding dresses, for instance, that worn by Princess Diana which had its sleeves trimmed with Carrickmacross lace.
The wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William in 2011 brought Carrickmacross Lace to worldwide attention once again. Kates choice of lace has inspired, influenced and awakened the passion of the art and craft of Carrickmacross Lace all over the world.
The Lace Gallery also has a collection of other handmade lace so that visitors can see different techniques used. The collection includes: Borris Lace, Kenmare Lace, Clones Lace, Torchon, Tatting, Venetian Needlepoint and various bobbin laces.