National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on November 13, 2019.


Meet the Crafters Christmas special

Get some crafty Christmas decoration and gift ideas at the next meeting of the Connacht Textile Crafters from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday, 30 November. Drop-in to see a wide range of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques demonstrated by this talented group. Admission is free. No booking required.

Crafty Little Christmas Weekend

Start your Christmas celebrations at the Museum this year with a special Crafty Little Christmas Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. Challenge yourself to a ‘decoration hunt’ in the exhibition galleries or search for the Christmas fairies in the woodland. Help us decorate our tree and make some creative festive crafts to bring home too. Watch The Snowman and The Snowdog in the theatre and enjoy choral performances in the exhibition galleries. No booking required. Admission is free.

Music Circle and guests

Come along to play, listen and enjoy tunes and songs with the Museum Music Circle from 2 to 4pm on Sunday, 8 December. The Music Circle is holding a special traditional music performance on the day, joined by musician Emer Mayock. The group will be playing a lively mix of some of Ireland’s favourite tunes and some newer music also.

All about Aran

Learn about the significance of the Aran knit with Vawn Corrigan, author of Irish Aran: History, Tradition, Fashion, at 2pm on Sunday, 24 November. Aran jumpers communicate warmth, comfort and a sense of home to which people the world over continue to respond. This talk will explore this popular design and includes a selection of archival and contemporary images. Admission is free. Booking required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or email

Harness the Power

Join ‘Make Create Innovate’ to learn about the science behind electrically generated motion on Saturday, 7 December. Harness the Power is a fun, hands-on workshop for families where participants will use a DC motor to build their own robotic aid to help with the housework. This workshop is in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Kitchen Power. This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone +353 94 90 31751 or book now by email.

Cycling the Country

See how the development of the bicycle dramatically changed the social life of ordinary people in Ireland in the 1900s. Cycling the Country is a display of bicycles and cycling equipment, exploring the history of the bicycle and the developments in design over the years. Memories and stories associated with cycling are also recounted and images and recollections focus on buying a bicycle, learning to ride and travelling for work and leisure. This display is part of the permanent exhibition and is located on Level B of the museum galleries.

Museum opening hours

Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park House & Gardens is free. The exhibition galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday to Monday from 1 to 5pm.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Frances Toner, marketing executive, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Telephone (094) 9031773 or email

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