Newry Mourne and Down District Council in partnership with the South Armagh Lace Collective and Borris Lace in Carlow were successful in their application to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Co-operation with Northern Ireland Funding Scheme.
This partnership will create links between the two areas by binding the passion which both areas have for their unique lace making through the creation of several online collaborative art and lace projects. The project will use innovative methods to celebrate, share and enhance the cultural heritage and artist value of the lace techniques.
The partnership members share a common aim to collaborate with local communities to restore their historical lace craft to ensure that it remains part of our local and national heritage. Both lace making styles (Carrickmacross Lace and Borris Lace) are a distinctive style of lace making unique to their areas which is rooted in its history and cultural heritage.
The cultural value of the lace making in both areas is confirmed by its longevity with Borris Lace introduced to the Carlow area over 174 years ago and Carrickmacross Lace celebrating 200 years in the area of south Armagh. It is a product that evolved along with the history of its area with a significant role in its social heritage and economic growth. Its presence as an art has kept evolving throughout the centuries, as recorded through the rich compositions of works of art which showcases a deep cultural tradition.
This can be seen through Borris House holding one of the largest collection of original Irish lace in it’s place of origin and the creation of the Threads that Bind Us film by the South Armagh Lace Collective.
The project will include a number of online classes and creation of a number of collaborative creation pieces in August and September. To find out more or to get involved, contact the Ring of Gullion Partnership on [email protected] or keep an eye on our events page.