Mary acquired the basic skills of Carrickmacross Lace making at the age of twelve in the Brigidine Convent in Tullow, County Carlow. Since then she has made lace as a hobby and developed her own unique style. In 1997 after spending seven years in France and seven years in England, she went
on to spend a further seven years in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry. There, she set up a successful lacemaking business operating from a traditional white-washed cottage on the Skellig Ring, just off the world famous Ring of Kerry.
In 2003 following her marriage to Sean, she returned to her home county where she continues to run the business. Mary makes small pieces of lace rather than the intricate pieces of long ago. Mary has won several awards at the RDS Craft Competition through the years, loves contemporary design
but uses elements of the traditional techniques. In 2020 she published her workbook Carrickmacross Lace…the lace with a twist. Carrickmacross Lace is an enchanting craft which originated in Ireland in the 1820s, a traditional craft which has survived as an industry for over two hundred years.