"Sampler made by Mary Nolan, Aged 12"
An embroidered sampler made by Mary Nolan, Convent School, Enniskillen, dated March 15, 1864. From the middle of the eighteenth century it became popular for girls to work samplers as part of their education. Samplers were used to demonstrate the different stitches a girl could do and often consisted of the letters of the alphabet in upper and lower case, as shown here. This piece of sampler was lent to an exhibition in the Convent in 2006 to celebrate the Sisters of Mercy 150th anniversary.
Kindly donated by Cahir McKeown