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A nun's story in lace

Wednesday, 14th October, 2020 11:08am
A nun's story in lace

SISTER Madeleine with members of Headford Lace Project last year at a lace gathering at Kylemore Abbey, where Sr Madeleine was living at the time. Pictured are Sr. Madeleine Cleverly, Norma Owens, Marina Postir, Ger Henry Hassett, Colette Kelly, Anne O'Hara Quinn, Eilís Nic Dhonncha, Gráinne Ní Bhro

A nun's story in lace

SISTER Madeleine with members of Headford Lace Project last year at a lace gathering at Kylemore Abbey, where Sr Madeleine was living at the time. Pictured are Sr. Madeleine Cleverly, Norma Owens, Marina Postir, Ger Henry Hassett, Colette Kelly, Anne O'Hara Quinn, Eilís Nic Dhonncha, Gráinne Ní Bhro

By Mary Ryan

AS Headford enjoys its International Lace Exhibition this week, with exhibits from many countries in shop windows along Main Street, viewers will wonder about the stories behind the beautiful creations on display.
Called The Space Between, the project is funded by Galway 2020 as part of the Small Towns Big Ideas initiative for the European Capital of Culture.
The exhibition includes exhibits from respected Irish and international lacemakers including Headford Lace Project (HLP) committee members Ester Kiely, Ger Henry Hassett (whose piece A Black Mark is the result of her attendance at the candlelit vigil in Tuam at the site of the Mother and Baby Home) and Norma Owens.
Also exhibiting are Athenry woman Ashla Ward and international lacemakers from America, Australia, England, Germany, South Africa, Slovenia, and The Netherlands.
 One exhibitor is of special interest. Her story started in Co Cavan over 100 years ago. From there it’s to America, Bruges, Kylemore Abbey, HLP, Headford Parish Church (where she attends Mass virtually with Fr Ray whenever she can), and finally back to Massachusetts.
Sr Madeleine is a nun who shares a convent with her two daughters in Cape Cod Orleans, a few miles southeast of Boston.

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