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Address: The Heritage Centre | The Square,, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Kenmare, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 6442978
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: At the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre we demonstrate the making of Kenmare...
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
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Kenmare Lace making workshop

We have been keenly interested in the history of Kenmare lace making as part of past irish lace production for years now and on a recent time in Ireland, got a chance to head to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you are looking for Kenmare Lace then look no further. This is a gem of a place above the Visitors Centre in Kenmare. Nora, the proprietor, is very willing to talk to you and show you the lace. The lace is handmade and so is not cheap.

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for such a complementary review. Our aim is to inform and educate. Positive feedback means a lot to us! We put a lot of time and effort into our lace. We wish we did not have to charge for it, but unfortunately, our time costs money. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Stopped at the Lace and Design Center above the Tourist Information. Showed the history of different kinds of lace and how they are made. Lace industry helped Irish girls and women help support their families through the potato famine. There was a lady who physically showed how lace is made. Even my husband found it interesting. Worth the visit. Ask... More 

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noraslace, All of the above! at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Lace Centre. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hearing that makes it all worth while. More 

Lund, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Nice person and some interesting lace exhibits but it is not very large and not worth travelling a long distance to see.

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our Lace Centre. I wonder did you ask for a demonstration or ask any questions about the lace on display when you visited? We do not like to hassle people by offering them informstion unless ask. It is a difficulty, as you do not get full benefit from your visit unless you... More 

Bella Vista, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

An informative place to learn about the making of lace. The lady at the center showed us how it is made. She had many beautiful things made for sale , The workmanship was outstanding.

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Susan, It was lovely meeting you. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Best Regards, Nora More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Nice display and staff available to answer questions. Centrally located about tourist information shop. Shop was small but nicely a lost art. Would be nice to have a better, more up to date website, possible lace making class information available as I believe there are several local lacemaking organizations that get together.

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Lori, Thank you for visiting and reviewing the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. I’m glad you liked our display and our staff. I’m disappointed you found our website out of date as it was updated fairly recently. I wonder were you looking at the correct website ? I will take on board your criticism regarding lacemaking class information, although... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We have been keenly interested in the history of Kenmare lace making as part of past irish lace production for years now and on a recent time in Ireland, got a chance to head to Kenmare and attend a weekend lace making workshop with Nora and other lacemaking experts in October. we got the lucky opportunity to learn Kenmare needlepoint... More 

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Girls, I'm so glad you enjoyed our workshops. We all have some warm memories from that weekend. I hope you are continuing to practice your lacemaking! Best Regards, Nora More 

Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had looked forward to going here as I am a lace maker. I was not disappointed as I was met by the lady who runs the centre and her daughter. Lovely collection with an informative person on hand. I was impressed by the materials they had for sale for lace makers and they also had kits made up so... More 

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Sheena, Glad you liked our Lace Centre. So sorry we are upstairs and that your friend could not come up to see our lovely lace. Unfortunately we cannot change that :( Kind Regards, Nora More 

Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Irish lace is synonymous with Ireland. The Design Centre's goal is to preserve the work of nuns who supported themselves with lace making. Nora Finnegan, the director, was knowledgeable and personable as she demonstrated several types of lace making. Small items, such as doilies and linen handkerchiefs trimmed in lace were available for sale. If you enjoy traditional crafts and... More 

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi TravelinGal, So happy you enjoyed your visit to the Lace Centre. Apologies for the lack of air conditioning and the stairs :( Best Regards, Nora More 

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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

If you sew, or know someone who appreciates handmade lace, then this shop/museum on the square in Kenmare is a wonderful place to visit. There's no admission charge, it's located on the second floor above the Tourist Information just off the square, and it's one of the most intriguing shops you'll ever see. There was a young woman sewing behind... More 

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Clint, So glad you enjoyed your visit. Best Regards, Nora More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I stopped into this small shop next to the Tourist Information Center to check out the lace display. Many of the good examples are in the National Museum in Dublin, so what little they had on display were minor pieces. However, it was a delight to have the daughter of the proprietor show me some of the stitches in lace... More 

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noraslace, Owner at Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, responded to this review

Hi Becky, A very late reply, i'm afraid. A belated thnk you for your nice comments. Regards, Nora More 

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Address: Address: The Heritage Centre | The Square,, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Kenmare, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 6442978
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Kerry  >  Kenmare

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