National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on September 20, 2019.


The Future is Rural

Enjoy a fun, family friendly fair exploring sustainable rural futures on Saturday, 5 October. Interactive workshops for all ages will take place in the marquee from 10am to 4.30pm. Some programme highlights include a workshop on zero waste and eco‑groceries; growing in small spaces; seed saving; soil health; and a bio‑digester demonstration. There will also be film screenings throughout the day followed by discussions on how to eat better for people, place and planet. Admission is free. No booking required. This event is organised by Foodture, Friends of the Earth and the Irish Environmental Network.

In Our Hands: Seeding Change

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

Learn about Furoshiki

Meet the talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters and learn about Furoshiki – or Japanese gift wrapping – at an open crafting session from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday, September 28. 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, September 27. 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.

Autumn/winter events programme

The museum is launching a new programme of events for autumn/winter 2019 on October 1. The programme includes talks, tours, workshops and demonstrations on a diverse range of topics from the history of the Aran jumper to a new Halloween themed spooky tour. Browse the new events programme at

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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