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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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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 and it's various types of lace

A very interesting visit to understand how the lace tradition and skills have survived. The various types of lace making were demonstrated on request. I was interested in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Castle Hedingham, United Kingdom
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Castle Hedingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting visit to understand how the lace tradition and skills have survived. The various types of lace making were demonstrated on request. I was interested in the connection with Coggleshall in Essex. An interesting and worthwhile visit if you are at all interested in textils etc.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The friendly staff are eager to demonstrate traditional lace making and relate the history of Lace making in Kenmare. Post cards, bobbins & thread for DIY are available for purchase as well as completed Lace. They are conveniently located next to the Tourist office--don't miss it!

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

Thank you so much for your great review. I think it is a pretty accurate summary of what we do at the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre. More 

Windsor, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

The lady who was behind the counter was very knowledgeable about lace but the shop was very dusty and disorganized. For those with mobility issues, the narrow, steep staircase would be a real obstacle.

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

So sorry your visit was not up to expectations. The reason for the dust and disorganisation was that the Centre was under refurbishment. Perhaps we should have waited to open for the season until the work was finished, but then you would not have seen any of our beautiful lace our shared in our knowlege. I hope you can return... More 

Lakewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

You could linger all day looking at the intricate designs of the lace created by the ladies of Kenmare from long ago. The woman who works here and her daughter are helpful and kind.

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

Thank you so much. It is great to be appreciated! More 

California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

We saw the signs for the Lace and Design Centre in the evening while seeing Kenmare. We made plans to come back in the morning to visit and are so glad we did! A beautiful display of many laces with ladies actually making lace as it has been done for hundreds of years! My only regret is not being able... More 

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit! We love to pass on our love of lace. If you had bought a kit you could make your own !! More 

Perth W. Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I enjoyed this visit as I have a lace fire screen that was made by the nuns of Kenmore and given to my parents as a wedding present in the 1940's The local women are taking up the role and reviving the old trade of lace making.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Well signed but still a bit hidden - next to info center, upstairs to the back. Definitely not fancy. A couple small display cases before entrance not related to lace - not quite sure why they are there - maybe things that didn't fit in the Heritage Center below? Director/manger Norma very happy to answer any questions and give a... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The display cases before the entrance contain equipment from the science lab in the school from the 1880s. I rescued them from being thrown out many years ago. I know the placing of the case is not ideal, but at least they are preserved. It is also worth noting that although they are not directly... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

A marvellous historical yet current collection of Lace & Lacemaking. Delightful tour & demonstration of a truly amazing handicraft. Not to be missed in this world of machines!

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

That just sums it up so well! Thank you so much for your great review. More 

Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This is a tiny, one-room exhibit on lace-making in Kenmare. The docent demonstrated, for just my wife and me, how lace is made, in several different ways and styles. Small displays, and nice lace products for sale. Half-hour tops

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

It was apleasure demonstrating for you. So happy you enjoyed it. More 

Ludington, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I have always been fascinated by Lacemaking. I am a Spinner and Weaver and can attest to the hours it must take to complete a lace project. I have admired it, but never understood it unti I went to the center and the person there patiently explained it to me. Actually there are about 4 or 5 different types of... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review and your lovely photos. I'm so glad you found it interesting. Makes it allworthwhile. More 

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