National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Upcoming Events

Posted in Connect on October 10, 2019.


The Promise of Barty O’Brien

Enjoy a special introduction and screening of The Promise of Barty O’Brien, with Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute, at 3pm on Saturday, 19 October. Made in 1951 by the Economic Co-Operation Administration (Marshall Aid Programme), this film is a curious mix of melodrama, propaganda and promotion. It follows Barty O’Brien, the son of a small Irish farmer who becomes trained as an electrical engineer in the United States. Admission is free but booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email

 Music Circle

Come along to the next meeting of the Museum’s Music Circle to listen, practice, share and play from 2 to 4.30pm on Saturday, 19 October. All are welcome. No booking required for this free, drop-in activity.

Knitting group

Get ready for the winter months and learn to knit your own hats, scarves and jumpers with the Museum’s Knitting and Crochet Circle. Drop-in to the next meeting of this friendly group between 11am and 1pm on Friday, 18 October.  Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Spooky Tours

Celebrate Hallowe’en at the Museum with a Spooky Tour of the National Folklife Collection. Learn about changelings, fairies, banshees and bogeymen with Brendan McDonnell. Tours take place from 2.30 to 3.30pm on 29 October, 31 October, and 2 November. Suitable for families. Admission free. Booking required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email

Batty about Bats!

The Hallowe’en fun continues with a junior workshop all about bats on Wednesday, October 30. Join the National Parks and Wildlife Services for an interactive art workshop on our favourite night-time navigators. Learn how bats hunt, what they eat, and why some of the stories you’ve heard about these important little mammals may be nothing more than spooky myths! There are two workshop sessions on the day, at 11.30am and 2pm. This is a free event, suitable for adults and children aged three to six years. Booking required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email

Hallowe’en storytelling

How do you get away if the fairies catch you? What would you if the devil himself were to pay you a visit? Join master storyteller Rab Fulton for Spooky Tales of an Irish Hallowe’en on Friday, 1 November. There are three storytelling sessions at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. Suitable for families. Admission free. Booking required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email

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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