Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in County Monaghan specialises in traditional handmade lace, famously featured in Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Originating in the 19th century, Carrickmacross lace has a rich history and was inspired by Italian lace.
The Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in County Monaghan is a showcase of traditional Irish lace, made famous by its inclusion in the wedding dresses of Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Carrickmacross lace was introduced into Ireland in around 1820 by Mrs Grey Porter of Donaghmoyne, who taught the art to local women so they could earn some extra income. Her initiative sparked a now world-famous lace industry with a distinctive style all of its own.
In the 19th century, lace craft became an important source of rural family income and today, Carrickmacross lace is still hand-worked by a select group of craftspeople, passionate about the beauty of fine, meticulously worked needlecraft.
The tradition is maintained by the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in Market Square; their distinctively styled lace is expertly hand stitched with attractive, bespoke designs. Visit the Carrickmacross Lace Gallery in Monaghan to explore the fascinating history of this important industry and browse a range of lace products and gifts.