There will be a Premiere of our series of films called ‘Stories from home’, presentations and talk on the history and practice of lacemaking in both areas. This project is a partnership with Newry Mourne and Down District Council and funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme.
The South Armagh Lace Collective collaborated with the Borris Lacemakers Group from South Carlow in this unique and innovative cross border project. Both of the groups share a similar passion to collaborate with our local communities in order to revive and breathe new life and new interest into these wonderful old practices which have been in our keeping for two centuries. Their goal is to ensure that they remain part of our local and national heritage.
The cultural value of the lace making in each of our areas is beyond question. Borris Lace was first introduced to South Carlow almost 175 years ago and South Armagh is currently celebrating 200 years of a rich Carrickmacross lacemaking tradition. Each of these laces have played a vital role in the social heritage and economic growth of both of our areas and highlight the enormous contribution that local women made to their local communities which has hitherto largely gone unrecognised.
Each of the laces have evolved over the last two centuries as evidenced in our rich lace collections and abundant oral history. Borris House holds one of the largest collections of original Irish lace in its place of origin and the rich heritage and tradition of lace-making in South Armagh has been well documented in the short film The Threads that Bind Us.
The project ran throughout August and September 2020 and culminated in the creation of two collaborative art pieces and a series of films called ‘Stories from home’ which will be premiered over our Common Threads -Laces across the Border Virtual Event. We look forward to keeping you updated on our website www.southarmaghlacecollective.com and our South Armagh Lace Collective Facebook page and Borris Lacemakers Group Facebook Page.