Watch: Nostalgic old film captures lace making in Fermanagh in 1964
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The notes to this clip read: “Charles Witherspoon visits Mrs Annie Ward at Carrickawick in Fermanagh to learn about lace-making. Beautiful film of Mrs Ward at her craft by an open fire but unfortunately we don’t get to hear her story. Charlie interviews John Lees in Enniskillen who runs a shop that sells the lace. He laments the lack of interest of younger folk in learning the skill.”
This clip is somewhat poignant for me personally. My great-grandmother, a lady named Roseanne Ruske (nee Peel) was also a lacemaker from Fermanagh, as were her two sisters too.
No doubt it was a skill that had travelled from England like their father John, my great-great grandfather.
Back in the 1970s and 80s I recall there was always lace on the table at my granny's house down in Lisnaskea.
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