National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on February 12, 2020.


A Modern Eye – Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland
View a beautiful exhibition of photography, capturing 20th century Ireland through the lens of American artist Helen Hooker O’Malley (1905-1993). A Modern Eye – Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland is on loan from the National Library of Ireland and the Gallery of Photography and is on display now in the Courtyard Gallery. The photographs have been chosen to highlight the breadth, quality and subject matter that engaged Helen over the course of four decades from her first arrival in Ireland, in 1935.

TALK: Helen Hooker, Photography and Folklife
Join Dr Orla Fitzpatrick at 3pm on Wednesday, March 11, for a special talk about the Mayo images taken by Helen Hooker O’Malley and her husband Ernie O’Malley from the 1930s onwards. This talk will also reference the images held in the photographic collection at the National Museum of Ireland. Dr Orla Fitzpatrick is the Librarian at the National Museum of Ireland and has a PhD in Photographic History from the Ulster University.

Learn about Séamus Mag Uidhir, Mayo Folklorist
Learn about the remarkable life and work of Erris born folklorist, scholar and writer Séamus Mag Uidhir through a special panel exhibition on Level A of the exhibition galleries. This temporary panel exhibition was put together by Séamus’s family to mark the 50th anniversary of his death and the Museum is delighted to have it on display, particularly ahead of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2020 (1 to 17 March).

FAMILY WORKSHOP: Spring is Here!
Join artist Cas McCarthy for a crafty family activity to celebrate the arrival of spring on Wednesday, February 19. Make and create a range of spring inspired arts and crafts for little ones at this fun-filled, hands-on workshop. There are two sessions available, at 11.30am and 2pm. Admission is free but booking is required. Email or telephone +353 94 90 31751.

ONE-DAY COURSE: Learn to sew
Learn to sew with artist Ciara Harrison on a one-day workshop entitled ‘Crafty Apron’, on Saturday, 29 February. Inspired by the exhibition Kitchen Power, participants will learn to sew and embellish a personalised apron. Participants are also invited to bring materials or objects of their own to incorporate into the making of the apron such as buttons, beads, fabric swatches, yarn and more. Both beginners and experienced sewers are welcome and participants will be encouraged to share their own knowledge and skills during the workshop. Deposit required. Materials provided. Booking is essential. Email or telephone +353 94 90 31751.

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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