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Museum Events for March 2008
By Bernie Byron
15, Mar 2008 - 10:00

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Events for March 2008

See below for further details on:
Public Programme
Schools Programme
Temporary Exhibitions
Other Events of Interest:
Museum Shop and Cafe Special offers
General Information



Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo 





CLOSED                      MON 17 MARCH - ST.PATRICK'S DAY

OPEN                          TUES 18 - THURS 20 MARCH: 10AM –5PM


CLOSED                      GOOD FRIDAY 21 MARCH


OPEN                          SATURDAY 22 MARCH: 10AM – 5PM

                                   EASTER SUNDAY 23 MARCH: 2PM – 5PM        

                                   (SHOP & CAFE OPEN FROM 12PM EASTER SUNDAY)

CLOSED                      MONDAY 24 MARCH



For general information - Tel: (094) 90 31755; fax: (094) 90 31628; e-mail:

For bookings: - Tel (094) 90 31751; fax: (094) 90 31498; e-mail:

(Booking office hours: Mon-Fri: 10am – 2pm)






Ceiliúrann Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann Seachtain na Gaeilge, le réimse imeachtaí trí Ghaeilge- turais, seisiúin scéalaíochta agus ceoil. Tá Bileoga Gníomhaíochta trí Ghaeilge ar fáil chomh maith.Beidh formhór na h-imeachtaí dátheangach. Beidh clár speisialta ar siúl i ngach brainse den Ard-Mhúsaem le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Tá tuilleadh eolais le fail sa liosta imeachtaí.

The National Museum of Ireland celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge, with a range of events through Irish, including tours, storytelling and music. Irish language Activity Sheets are also available. Most events are bi-lingual.

Turais stiúraithe i nGaeilge
Ar fáil ón Máirt 4ú go dé hAoine an 14ú Márta ag 14.00 uair. Bíonn uas-teora 20 áit i gceist. Beidh turais i nGaeilge ar fáil i rith na seachtaine do ghrúpaí. Is gá réamh-áirithint a dhéanamh.

Guided tours in Irish
Available from Tuesday 4th to Friday 14th March at 2.00pm. Places are limited to 20. Tours in Irish will also be available throughout the week for groups. Pre-booking is essential.

Dé hAoine 14ú, 14.00 – 15.00 uair
Gach Aois Ghrúpa.        
Bí le Emer Mayock agus le mic léinn ón Tionscadal Ceoil agus Damhsa Gaelaigh agus iad i mbun gnímh do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Áit: Mhúsaem Gailearaí

Friday 14 March: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
All Ages
Join Emer Mayock and students from the Irish Music, Song & Dance Project as they perform for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Location: Museum Galleries

Sunday 9 March: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Talk. Irish Furniture Design.
Age 7+
Join Gearoid O Conchubhair of NCAD, Dublin to look at contemporary trends in Irish Furniture design and their connection with vernacular furniture-making methods and traditions. In conjunction with the Letterfrack Furniture Exhibition.
Location: Education Room

Wednesday 12 March: 3.30pm- 4.30pm
Workshop. Polish Easter Art.
Age 7 +
Warsztat. Wielkanoc w Polsce nauka i sztuka.
In Eastern countries people decorated eggs by dyeing them and then decorating them with elaborate patterns scraped into the dyed shell. These were given as tokens of affection to family members & friends.
Location: Education Room

Wednesday 19 March: 11.30am, 2.00pm & 3.30pm Workshop: Easter Family Activities. Age 7+
Join members of the Education & Outreach Department for the following workshops: Egg Painting (11.30am), Making a Paper Egg Basket (2.00pm) and making an Easter Hen (3.30pm).    Location: Education Room

Sun 23 March: 2.30-4.00pm This event is fully booked
Family Activity. Easter Egg Hunt.
All Ages
Test your knowledge of folklife and wildlife. Join Brendan McDonnell of the Education & Outreach Department on a treasure hunt in the grounds of Turlough Park House. 

Wed 26th March: 3.30-4.30pm
Junior Workshop. Family Life in the Past.
   6 years and under with Adult
Join Lorna Elms of the Education & Outreach Department to explore family life in the past through role-play and art activities.
Location: Education Room

Thurs 27 March: 10am – 5pm   This event is fully booked
Courses for Adults. Basketmaking 
Join Linda Scott on this one-day beginners course in basketmaking.

Sat 29 March: 11am-4pm
Open Event. Connacht Spinners and Weavers  
All Ages
Come along to meet the group or join them for the day by bringing your own knitting, crochet, felting etc. 

Tues 1 April: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Tour. April Fool’s Fact or Fiction Tour 
Age 7+
Join members of the Education & Outreach Department to guess what is fact and what is fiction on this special tour.

All events are free unless otherwise stated. Booking required as places are limited. Booking details at the end of the page.


In conjunction with the exhibition of gallery seating the National Museum is running a competition to find out your favourite piece of furniture from the exhibition. For more information contact the Bookings Office.

Schools Programme


During February in addition to the regular tours and activities on offer at the Museum the Education & Outreach Department has availability on the following activities:

Primary Schools

Tuesday 4 - Friday 14 March 2008
Guided Tours in Irish

Places are limited to 15 and pre-booking is essential.
(History & Irish: 1st to 6th Class)

Post-Primary Schools

Tuesday 4 to Friday 14 March 2008
Guided Tours in Irish

Places are limited to 20. and pre-booking is essential. 
(History & Irish: Junior & Senior Cycle)

Tuesday 11 March 2008: 11.30am & 2pm
Talk & Workshop. Irish Poetry

Take this opportunity to go through some of the Irish poetry that is on the leaving cert syllabus with poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile.
Irish: Leaving Cert)

Groups who would like to arrange a repeat of any event should contact the Education & Outreach Dept.
(See attached file below for full post-primary schools programme to April 2008)


Running until March 2008....

Island Life: the Islands of Ireland
In association with Fáilte Ireland & the Dept. of Community Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs

This exhibition of photographs features images of daily life on the islands around the coast of Ireland from the late nineteenth century onwards.  It also includes images of some non-coastal islands. The images span roughly a hundred years, starting in the late nineteenth century. They document a century of change. The photos come from the well-known Lawrence Collection, that unique record of life in Ireland at the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries, also from the Diggin collection and from the camera of the great Colman Doyle.  While islands from all around the coast are included, the daily lives of the people on Achill Island, Oileáin árainn, Valentia and Na Blascaodaí feature prominently.

And running until June 2008:

Take A Seat! An exhibition of Gallery Seating by students of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology at Letterfrack

This temporary exhibition is comprised of benches and chairs made in 2006 / 2007 by students of the Furniture Design and Manufacture programme at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology campus in Letterfrack. The students worked from a brief developed by staff of GMIT at Letterfrack and the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life to design seating suitable for the public visiting these exhibition galleries.  Further details available from the Education and Outreach Department.

Opening in April:

Romantic Stitches and Realist Sketches

An exhibition of knitwear and drawings at the National Museum of Ireland


An exciting new exhibition of knitwear and drawings will open at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo in April. 

The Museum exhibition will show a range of early 20th Century Aran knitwear and a series of drawings by Seán Keating RHA which was used to illustrate an early marketing brochure developed by businessman, Pádraig Ó Síocháin in the 1960s & 1970s to promote Aran knitwear worldwide.  The exhibition focuses on the unique marketing story of the Aran knitwear as well as highlighting some of the traditions associated with the stitches. Read more about the knitwear exhibition. 





Museum Shop: Broad range of specialist books and Museum-branded and handcrafted gifts to suit all budgets. Further details from the Museum Shop: 094 90 31767 or e-mail:

Museum Cafe: Visit the restaurant at the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees. The perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: 094 92 89972 / 086 1744076;



Féile na Tuaithe - Turlough Park 2008
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2008.  Seeking New Participants.

Due to the continued expansion of Féile na Tuaithe - Turlough Park the award-winning National Museum of    Ireland - Country Life is looking for skilled crafts people and quality food & organic producers to participate in next  year's event.  Selection criteria apply. Participants must be members of recognised networks. Further details    available from The Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life,
Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Tel: 094 90 31755 or e-mail:


Visit for details of 2007 events. Contact if you would like to join the Museum's mailing list.

MUSEUM OPENING HOURS: Museum: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 2-5pm. Closed Mondays (incl. Bank Holiday) Shop and Café: extended opening on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Museum Cafe serving Sunday Lunch from 12 noon.

The Museum Shop has a broad range of specialist books and Museum-branded and handcrafted gifts to suit all budgets.  Further details from the Museum Shop: 094 90 31767 or e-mail: .

Museum Cafe: Visit the restaurant at the Museum Café for a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks. Enjoy our freshly baked produce and speciality teas and coffees. The perfect complement to your museum visit. For queries and bookings contact the Museum Café: 094 92 89972 / 086 1744076; E-mail:

CONTACT DETAILS BOOKINGS: Education and Outreach Dept. Bookings Office (Bookings office hrs: Mon-Fri: 10am - 2pm) Tel: 094 90 31751; Fax: 094 90 31498; e-mail: GENERAL INFORMATION: Museum Reception: 094 90 31755 MUSEUM CAFé: 094 92 89972 or 086 1744076; e-mail:





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