Eleanor’s lifelong excellence at crafts
Cork Federation treasurer Eleanor Calnan’s lifelong love of crafts has ensured she’s made lots of interesting connections over the years. She teaches some 30 crafts and was at An Grianán on at least three occasions over the summer — most recently, she taught Limerick Lace to a group from West Virginia. “I particularly like teaching Carrickmacross Lace. I did cotton crochet, which is very fine, with one group over the summer. I was at the horse show in the RDS in August and I ran into a lady who’d been in one of my classes in April.”
A native of Caheragh in West Cork and co-founder of Leap Guild, Eleanor’s monthly craft Saturdays in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, are really sociable days, she says. “People just come as they are. If they bring something they’re working on, that’s great. If they come with nothing, we’ll get them something to do. It’s a great occasion for women to gather and we get a good turn-out. About 20 turn up. You’d get the odd person from the city or they could come from Mallow or Limerick, though most are from West Cork.” Eleanor runs about nine craft days a year — the day is from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Upcoming craft days take place in the Celtic Ross on September 9, October 14, November 4 and December 9.
Eleanor Calnan, front left, with Deirdre Hickey and Brigid O’Brien; and at back: Margaret Cahalane, Tess White, Maura O’Donovan, Maureen O’Donovan and Rose O’Leary at Leap Guild’s birthday celebrations.