National Museum of Ireland – Country Life Weekly Listings

Posted in Connect on July 11, 2019.

Issued Wednesday July 10th 2019


Kitchen Power

The museum is delighted to announce the opening of a brand new exhibition on July 20. Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification looks at the ways in which the rural electrification project changed the lives of women in Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s. It examines the ways in which new electrical products were advertised and promoted as part of a modern lifestyle and how the advertising fantasies translated into the reality of the average rural Irish kitchen. The exhibition is on display on Level D of the exhibition galleries.

The Everyday

A beautiful exhibition of work by Aidan Crotty continues this summer 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.

Become a Planet Champion!

Become a planet champion this summer with Science Ireland’s Declan Holmes. Sign up for a new four-part series of fun and exciting workshops all about climate change, renewable energy, reusing, repairing, recycling and biodiversity. Suitable for children aged 10 years plus, this series starts on Tuesday, July 16. The four-week programme costs €40. Booking is essential so please telephone (094) 90 31751 or email For email bookings, please include your name and contact telephone number.

Crafting session

Come along to the next open crafting session by the talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters, taking place from 11.30am to 1pm, on Saturday, July 27. The crafters meet six times a year at the museum and demonstrate a range of skills at these open crafting sessions. In July, the focus is on advanced embroidery skills and the use of beads and sequins as embellishments. The Connacht Textile Crafters are a friendly and talented group who work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. Be sure to pop in and see some of their work. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

Nature trail

Enjoy a family nature trail and plenty of nature surprises in the historic and beautiful grounds of Turlough Park on Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 3pm, with zoologist Catherine McGuinness. Highlights will include a rookery, the location of an old badger set and a host of wildlife species that live around the gardens and woodland. This is a free event but booking is required so please 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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