National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Weekly Listings

Posted in Connect on May 31, 2019.


FATHER’S DAY: Beetles, Bugs and Bumblebees

Get an early start on planning a Father’s Day outing with a difference. The museum is holding a workshop called Beetles, Bugs and Bumblebees on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4pm. Join Dr Karina Dingerkus to find out all about the amazing creatures that live in your garden and why they are so important. Then join artist Veronika Straberger to make and decorate your very own ‘bug hotel’. This event is suitable for families with children aged seven years plus. Admission is free but booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name, address and contact telephone number.

Artists of Mayo

There are just a few days left to see an outdoor exhibition of work by Mayo artists, on display until June 7. Artists of Mayo is on display along ‘The Link’ building next to the museum galleries. Coordinated by Mayo Arts Service and Mayo County Council for Mayo Day 2019, the exhibition celebrates the range and breadth of visual arts practice across the county. The showcased works were selected from an open invitation to artists from or living in Mayo with 51 works included in the final exhibition.

Irish Artists and the Great War

Join Dr. Marie Bourke, cultural historian, at 2pm on Sunday, June 9, for an illustrated talk exploring the work of Irish artists during the First World War. These include William Orpen, John Lavery, and Harry Clarke, whose Roll of Honour recorded the men in Irish regiments and Irishmen in British regiments who were killed in the Great War. This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name, address and contact telephone number.

Summer stitches

Learn a new skill for life this summer with the museum’s knitting and crochet circle. The next meeting of this friendly group is on Friday, June 7, from 11am to 1pm. Exchange tips, patterns, ideas and a chat. Beginners are welcome. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Research your family tree

Learn more about your family tree with the members of the Mayo Genealogy Group. The next meeting of this group is on Saturday, June 8, from 11.30am to 1pm. Get free practical tips and advice on starting your family history research project or taking the next steps with an existing project. New researchers are welcome. No booking required.

The Everyday by Aidan Crotty

An exhibition of artworks by Aidan Crotty is on display in the Courtyard Gallery. The Everyday explores themes of disintegration and decomposition within the agricultural and industrial landscape. Aidan graduated in 2004 from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, with an honours degree in Fine Art Painting. He lives and works in west Sligo. The Courtyard Gallery is located just next to the Museum café, in the former stable block and service wing of historic Turlough Park House.

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Frances Toner, marketing executive, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Telephone (094) 9031773 or email

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