"LINKED BY A THREAD" Clones Lace and the Ulster Canal Stores

" I can die now in peace and happiness" not that we want you to Mamo, these were the words spoken by Mamo McDonald at the opening of the new Lace Museum in the Ulster Canal Stores in Clones. Mamo along with Maire Treanor have been advocates for this project for many years. Deirdre Kelly, Kathleen Cassidy and Dianne McPhelim were tasked with this project and wow did they pull off a great job, a beautiful centre which puts Clones on the serious tourist trail and this is only the beginning. Minister Heather Humphries performed the honours and cut the tape to launch this exciting spectacle for Clones. The Clones Lace was established by Cassandra Hand to aid women during the awful famine and here it is today still sustaining Clones and it's hinterland. The Lacemakers need to be thanked for continuing this great cultural tradition and they in turn encourage other people to take up the needle and preserve it's tradition for the next century. I feel privileged to have captured the images of the Lacemakers and their lace for both the centre and the new website www.ulstercanalstoresvisitorcentre.ie especially being born and bred in the town, indeed my studio is only a couple a hundred yards down the road from the centre. If you have visitors or relatives home please make sure to call into the Bistro at the Canal Stores and then take a tour after Coffee and Cake, well worth it and it will make you proud to be from Clones. These are only some of the pieces of lace there are just too many to show. Enjoy