Sybil is a Hunt Museum Exhibition highlighting the design career of Sybil Connolly, a Dublin-based fashion designer who was renowned internationally for creating haute couture from Irish textiles. Last Saturday, the Headford Lace Project was invited by Dr. Matthew Potter of Limerick Museum to attend a special Friends of Lace event at the exhibition.

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The Headford Lace Project began in September 2016 with the aim of researching and reviving Headford’s lacemaking heritage. Since then, we have translated these aims into a series of activities with a focus on community engagement. Our five Headford Lace Weekends have trained keen apprentices in the skills of bobbin lacemaking and bobbin making, we have participated in a number of external events, members of our committee have undertaken a multitude of training initiatives to expand our collective knowledge and skills, and we have grown our network of lace contacts internationally through our social media channels.

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I was introduced to Mountmellick Work by Veronica Stuart during the lace weekend in Headford on 22/10/2017.  As I have a keen interest in embroidery, I was fascinated by this white on white work. I visited the Mountmellick Embroidery Museum, Co. Laois on 10/11/2017.

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The beautifully-restored Sprigging School in Rathbarry once housed a lace school established by Lady Carbery in 1825. Last week, as part of our Culture Night activities, a very special piece of lace associated with that school came to visit us here in Headford.

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