National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on September 25, 2019.


New programme of events for autumn/winter 2019

The Museum has just launched its newest programme of public events for autumn/winter 2019. With talks, tours and workshops on a wide range of topics, there is something for all ages and interests. Here are our top five picks but be sure to browse the full programme at

The Future is Rural

10am­ – 4.30pm, Saturday, 5 October

Come along to a fun, family friendly fair exploring sustainable rural futures with interactive workshops on topics such as seed saving, zero waste and growing in small spaces. There will also be film screenings throughout the day followed by discussions on how to eat better for people, place and planet. No booking required.

Open House 2019

2pm – 3pm, Saturday, 12 October

Turlough Park House is a striking, Victorian Gothic mansion dating to 1863. But how did this former ancestral home of the Fitzgerald family become the only National Museum of Ireland site located outside Dublin? Find out about the history of this fascinating ‘big house’ with historian Christy Lawless as part of the Open House Ireland celebrations. Booking required.

The Promise of Barty O’Brien

3pm, Saturday, 19 October

Join Sunniva O’Flynn from the Irish Film Institute for an introduction and screening of this curious 1951 promotional film. Part melodrama, part propaganda, it tells the story of Barty O’Brien, the son of a small Irish farmer who trains as an electrical engineer in the United States. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Kitchen Power, on display until July 2020.

Spooky Tours

2.30pm, Tuesday, October 29

Learn about changelings, fairies, banshees and bogeymen on this special Hallowe’en themed tour of the National Folklife Collection with Brendan McDonnell. This is part of the Hallowe’en at the Museum programme, which runs from October 26 to November 2. Find out more at Booking required.

The History of Irish Aran

2pm, 24 November, 2019

Explore the significance of the Irish Aran knit, which people the world over continue to respond to. Join Vawn Corrigan, author of Irish Aran: History, Tradition, Fashion, to learn more about how and why this knit became so iconic. Booking required.

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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