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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

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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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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

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 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 I’m disappointed you found our website out of date as it was updated fairly recently.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 

Cayman Islands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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132 reviews 132 reviews
39 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 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 

Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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68 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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 

Texas
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231 reviews 231 reviews
205 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

We went to the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre because my wife is avid lace lover. We arriaved 10 minutes passed closing time and luckily the lady was still there. She let us browsed the store and answered all our questions. If you are into lace this is the place to be.

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Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

If you crochet or needlepoint, you may find this stop to be a must. If not, you can probably bypass this location. This small shop boasts some beautiful framed samples of antique lace and also has things for sale such as, a small selection of antique handkerchiefs as well as some modern pieces (many are machine made). The very knowledgeable... More 

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Scottsdale, AZ
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3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2010

This is basically a one-room museum/store on the second floor of the Heritage Center/Tourist Info Office in downtown Kenmare, but it is definitely worth the trip if you are into handcrafts of any kind. I do many types of needlework, and my husband included this stop in our itinerary specifically for me. Brilliant! They have antique laces from various parts... More 

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