The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Time for Lace

Headford Lace Project has been rediscovering and reviving bobbin lacemaking in the town of Headford, Co. Galway. The tradition dates back to the mid 1700's. Members of Headford Lace Project participated in National Heritage week 2019, by inviting other lacemakers to join them at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society on Monday 19th August 2020 hosted by the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI).

The focus this year was on ‘Pastimes/Past Times' and the 2019 event had the very appropriate title of ‘Time for Lace'. The highlight of the event was a ‘Children's Hour' between 12 and 1 p.m. Children from Eagle's Nest Primary School in Connemara were invited to demonstrate their bobbin lacemaking skills. The Westside Knitting Group, NUI Galway Knit and Crochet Group and the NUI Galway Carrickmacross Lace Group all participated along with the members of Headford Lace Project. The gathering adopted an intergenerational and multicultural approach. The public were encouraged to bring in their lace and share lace stories from their past.

There was an exhibition of vintage and contemporary lace in the mediums of crochet lace, bobbin lace, Carrickmacross Lace and Mount Mellick lace. Demonstrations of lacemaking and sharing of skills brought communities together with the university. In his address, Professor Pat Dolan welcomed the lacemakers and expressed his delight that the art of lacemaking through a community engaged approach has become an integral part of the Community Knowledge Initiative at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society activities.

Dr. Lorraine McIlrath and Ms. Carmel King at the CKI facilitate the weekly meetings of the NUI Galway Carrickmacross Lace Group every Wednesday between 10-12 noon. Further details from Anne O'Hara Quinn on 087 7548741