Table mat, linen, square, with flour floral motifs in an 'inner square', scalloping on the four edges.
Table mat, linen, square, with flour floral motifs in an ‘inner square’, scalloping on the four edges, used for religious ceremonies.
This is one of a number of items in a collection of needlework in cotton and linen by Annie O’Dwyer (nee Killeen, of Moleskey) who lived between 1888-1979, of Annagh House, Miltown Malbay.
It was donated to the collection by her daughter Mary Coughlan (nee O’Dwyer) and family, Lahinch, with the assistance of her daughter Ann Coughlan.
This piece, a table mat, was designed and created by Annie and was used in Annagh House to prepare a table for religious ceremonies (e.g. last rights, or first communions). Prior to the arrival of the priest, the cloth would be adorned with an ornate wooden crucifix and holy-water font.
Collection: Mary Coughlan