Headford Lace Trail

Walking piece details

Language English, Gaeilge (Irish)
Duration 55 minutes
Cost Free

Just when you think you’re settling in for a typical ‘guided heritage walk’, things start to get weird.

Set off to discover a time when lacemaking wasn’t just a hobby, but a matter of survival for an entire community. Join a cast of characters from Headford’s past and present in this audio walk with a twist… in time.


Cast, in order of appearance:

Emma O’Grady as your friend, the modern-day lacemaker;
Ed Coulson as the lace agent;
Mary McHugh as Honor Maile and Julia de Villiers;
Sophie Morrow as Mary Connell; and
Eilís Nic Dhonncha as the voice of the audio guide.

Appearing as themselves: Matthew Berrill, Teresa Eagleton, Pat Monaghan, Margie McNamara, and Norma Owens.

Music specially arranged and performed for this walk by Matthew Berrill.

Thanks to Headford Lace Project committee – and Norma Owens in particular – for help with historical research and script editing. Thanks also to Mary O’Connor and Brega Webb for additional research help.

Produced by Ed Coulson for Headford Lace Project, with the support of Galway County Council Arts Office.

Ed Coulson

Ed Coulson

I’m a producer and trainer in community media, radio, podcasting, and geo-located audio, with a background in communications, teaching and the outdoors. Originally from Scotland, I’m very lucky to live and work in Joyce Country in the west of Irelan...


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