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Quaker Tapestry

New Ross is a town close to me here in Wexford. It was there that the Normans landed in Ireland in the 12th century. There is a wonderful set of tapestries on display in the town recording those early days of the Norman Settlement in the area. I often drop in to peruse them.

I was reminded of them last week when a cousin of mine died in Mountmellick in the midlands. There was a display of sections of the famous "Quaker Tapestry" on show in the town during August. It is a celebration of Quaker experience and insights, and depicts the history and achievements of the Society of Friends since their foundation in England in the 17th century. The exhibition was organised to honour the Quaker contribution to Ireland and to Mountmellick, a town with a proud Quaker heritage stretching back 300 years. The tapestry tells the story of the Quaker contribution to the world in the fields of agriculture, industry, development, social issues and human rights.

The origins and themes of the tapestry are traced at: http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/

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We have a Quaker community a few towns over called Friendswood. It was founded in 1895, not exclusively Quaker anymore of course.
Thank you for this post. Living in Philadelphia, founded on Quaker principles by William Penn in the late seventeenth century but being a Lutheran myself, I tend to forget that the movement wasn't born here. I've shared the link with friends on the Elsenets.
That was nice.
I was lucky to see the tapestry not long after its completion and knew people involved in its making! :o)