Eleanor’s life­long ex­cel­lence at crafts

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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.

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