7. The Cassandra Hand Centre

Clones , Co. Monaghan

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7. The Cassandra Hand Centre in Clones, Co. Monaghan.

The Cassandra Hand Centre
Famine Relief Schemes were set up throughout the country during the Great Famine and one of them in Clones gave rise to the world renowned Clones Lace.

In 1847, Rev Thomas Hand and his wife Cassandra, arrived in Clones from Surrey. They were horrified by the devastation caused by the famine and Cassandra Hand set up the lace/crochet making as a relief scheme.

By 1851, almost every family in Clones was involved in the crochet industry. Profits from the lace industry were used by Cassandra Hand to construct a school to educate girls. The building was recently restored and is now an active community run facility.




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