National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on September 13, 2019.


Culture Night at the Museum

The museum is delighted to be celebrating Culture Night on Friday, 20 September, with a talk about life and farming with bestselling author John Connell. John came to prominence last year when The Cow Book, which describes his unexpected return to his farming roots in Longford, became a huge hit. Join John for an evening talk about farming; what it means to be a farmer’s son or daughter in today’s world; and what we can learn about sustainability from the lives of our rural ancestors. This event includes afterhours access to the exhibition galleries, music and light refreshments. Admission is free. No booking required.

The Future is Rural family fair

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly fair from 10am to 4.30am on Saturday, 5 October, delivered by Foodture, the Irish Environmental Network and Friends of the Earth. Throughout the day, there will be interactive workshops and demonstrations for all ages on a range of topics from composting to fermenting and zero waste. There will also be film screenings in the museum’s AV Theatre followed by discussions exploring sustainable food, farming and community energy. Admission free. No booking required.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

The museum is hosting a screening of the thought-provoking document In Our Hands: Seeding Change on Friday, 4 October, at 7pm. The documentary follows a UK movement of farmers and food activists concerned with the modern food system, food sovereignty, sustainability, rural traditions and innovations. The screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion with foodies, farmers, activists and experts. This is part of The Future is Rural event, by Foodture, Friends of the Earth and the Irish Environmental Network. This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email

Learn about Furoshiki

Meet the talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters and learn all about Furoshiki – or Japanese gift wrapping – at an open crafting session from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday, 28 September. The Connacht Textile Crafters meet six times a year at the museum to demonstrate their range of traditional and contemporary crafting techniques. This is a free, drop-in event with no booking required.

Coffee morning

Join visual artist Niamh McCann for a coffee morning at the museum at 11am on Friday, 27 September. Niamh will be discussing a new sculptural artwork to be unveiled at the museum later this autumn for Onsight 2019, a partnership project by the museum, Mayo County Council Arts Office and Mayo Arts Squad. Niamh is encouraging members of the public to come along to the coffee morning to share stories, memories and knowledge about the craft of Curragh-making, traditional Irish arts and architecture. This is a free, drop-in activity with no booking required.

EXHIBITION: Land, Sea and Memory, Revisited

View a beautiful exhibition of artworks by Pam Dolan, called Land, Sea and Memory, Revisited, on display now in the Courtyard Gallery. Pam is a contemporary artist originally from Crossmolina and now based in Galway. The exhibition is inspired by the rugged landscape of the west of Ireland, and particularly the Wild Atlantic Way. The Courtyard Gallery is located next to the museum café, in the former service wing and stable block of Turlough Park House.

Bookings Office

For bookings, telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

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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