Sheelin Irish Lace Museum

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The Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Museum is located in the scenic village of Bellanaleck in Fermanagh's Lakelands. Rosemary Cathcart, inspired by the fact that this area has a long tradition of lace-making, began collecting soon after marrying and moving to the area. She now has a truly stunning collection, and all the finest examples are on permanent display in her Museum. The Museum traces the history of Lace-making in Ireland, and conveys to the visitor the importance of the industry to Ireland as a whole and to Irish women in particular. Rosemary has twice already won the Gulbenkian Award for Most Improved Voluntary Museum. This is a very prestigious award presented annually to entrants from all over Ireland. Visitors have the opportunity to take a tour of the museum and purchase items of antique lace from the museum shop.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday (10.00am to 6.00pm)
Coach Parties Welcome

Closed: Sundays

Admission charges

Adults £2.50
Children £1.00
(Parties of 15 people or more £1.50)

The Museum houses approximately 400 exhibits, illustrating all the five main types of Lace made in Ireland. On display are an Irish Crochet Wedding Dress, Wedding Veils, Shawls, Parasols, Collars, Baby Bonnets, Christening Gown, Flounces, Jackets and many more items.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Irish Crochet Lace
  • Youghal Needlelace
  • Inishmacsaint Needlelace
  • Carrickmacross Lace
  • Limerick Lace
  • Mountmellick Embroidery
  • Irish Flowering and Filet Lace

Sheelin Irish Lace Museum
Co. Fermanagh
BT92 2BA
Northern Ireland




028 6634 8052

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