National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Weekly Listings

Posted in Connect on April 16, 2019.


Travellers’ Journey

There are just a few weeks left to see the exhibition Travellers’ Journey, on display at the museum until May 6. This fascinating exhibition explores the distinct culture, crafts and traditions of Travellers in the west of Ireland. Co-curated with Traveller organisations, the exhibition features objects, images and films exploring themes of craft and skills, home and nomadism, faith, belief and language.

‘We’ve Gone All Horse and Donkey’

Visit the museum this midterm for a fun, free family event from 12noon to 4pm on Wednesday, April 24, called ‘We’ve Gone All Horse and Donkey’. Meet Ned and Ted, the magnificent Shire horses, and learn about the history of these massive workhorses. See the donkeys on site and hear from various donkey welfare organisations about these much-loved creatures. There will also be a master farrier displaying his skills as well as straw craft demonstrations. Admission is free. No booking required.

Mayo Day celebrations

The museum is delighted to be hosting the flagship event for this year’s Mayo Day on May 4 from 12noon to 6pm. The spectacular grounds of Turlough Park will be filled with free, family entertainment on the day, including live music, a food village, a Mayo craft and design showcase, an exhibition of Mayo art, a writer’s corner with readings, craft workshops for all ages, water sports on the lake and multi-cultural showcases. Free shuttle buses will run from Castlebar Library to Turlough Park from 11.30am to 6.30pm on the day. Admission is free. No booking required.

The Enemy Within

Explore the folk medicines and cures used by people to combat the devastating Spanish flu outbreak in Ireland 100 years ago at The Enemy Within temporary exhibition on Level A. Spanish flu claimed some 23,000 lives and infected 800,000 people in Ireland over a 12-month period in 1918 to 1919. This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak.

Re-Collect at The Courtyard Gallery

View a beautiful temporary exhibition of work by Cork artist Leanne McDonagh, on display now in The Courtyard Gallery. According to the artist, the work is influenced by childhood memories and experiences as an Irish Traveller with art acting as a vehicle for self-experience and a type of communication that can surpass cultural boundaries and divides.

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 Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5pm. Closed Good Friday.

 

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