Events for September/October 2007
See below for further details on:
Craft Courses for adults
Other ongoing events:
Museum Shop and Cafe Special offers
Saturday 1 September (12.00-3.00pm) the Jaguar's Drivers Club will visit the Museum. There will be approx. 25 SS/Jaguar cars, mostly from the 1930's to 1950's but with a few more modern cars. Come along to see these beautiful cars which will be parked throughout the grounds of Turlough Park.
All events are free unless otherwise stated. Booking required as places are limited. Booking details at the end of the page
Wednesday 5 September: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Workshop. Harvest Knots
Harvest knots were traditionally given as a love token. Make your own for somebody special with Tom Doyle of the Education & Outreach Department. Location - Education Room
Sunday 9 September: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Performance. The File Tradition
Join poet Terry McDonagh and uilleann piper Diarmaid Moynihan for a performance combining poetry and music. Location - Education Room
Thursday 13 September: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Junior Workshop. Housing in the Past
Join Brendan McGowan of the Education & Outreach Department to explore housing in the past through hands-on activities. Six years and under with Adult Location - Education Room
Sunday 23rd September: 2.30pm-4pm
Reminiscence Workshop. Socialising in the Past
To celebrate Positive Ageing Week, Michael Fox will run a reminiscence workshop on the theme of social occasions in the past (Rambling Houses, Storytelling, Wakes, Fairs, etc.) Adult Location - Education Room
Saturday 29th September: 11am-4pm
Open Event. Connacht Spinners and Weavers
Come along to meet the group or join them for the day by bringing your own knitting, crochet, felting etc. All Ages
Location - Education Room
Saturday 6 October: 10am, 11.30am 2pm & 3.30pm
Stardome - Family Event
Take this opportunity to view the Stardome from the Armagh Planetarium and enjoy a trip around the most fascinating objects in the night sky.
Groups who would like to arrange a repeat of any event should contact the Education and Outreach Dept.
CRAFT COURSES FOR ADULTS
Friday 28 September: 10am-5pm
THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED
Join Rob Holloway on this day course for an introduction to the tools and basic techniques needed for wood carving.
Location - Education Room
POSITIVE AGEING WEEK 2007
Friday 28th September to Saturday 6th October 2007
To celebrate Positive Ageing Week the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is offering free guided tours of the museum for active retirement and senior citizens groups. Booking is essential.
DAY-LONG WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Heritage Week 2007
Saturday 25th - Sunday 2nd September
European Heritage Days is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. Its main aims are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate a full week of events. The National Museum of Ireland County Life join in this celebration with a full programme of events including free guided tours of the museum. See listings below for further details.
Sunday 2nd September: 2.30pm-3.30pm
Talk. History of the GAA
Join Mike Cronin, author of Sport and Nationalism in Ireland, for a talk explaining how the GAA came into being and why it has been so significant in Irish history. Age 7+
Starting Saturday 6th October - Every Saturday in October: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
This October we invite you to learn about Mask Making with members of the Education & Outreach Department and the Mayo Arts squad. The club runs for four weeks and will take place on Saturday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.
Take A Seat! An exhibition of Gallery Seating by students of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology at Letterfrack
Opens Thursday 21 June 2007:
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.
Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century
In association with Iarnród Éireann
Opens Tuesday 26 June 2007:
This exciting new exhibition features a selection of travel and tourism posters from the 20th century. These posters are strikingly colourful and span the decades from 1908 to the 1960s. This was a period when mass tourism began to develop and also represented a period of great growth in the advertising and marketing industry. Some of the poster images by the Irish artist Paul Henry in particular became best sellers even in the 1920s and became essential images of Ireland. Further details available from the Marketing Department.
Whitewash & Thatch Exhibition
Following its huge success in The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, this exhibition is now showing in Dublin at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. Whitewash & Thatch is an exhibition explores the materials, craftsmanship and form of traditional Irish houses. On display are a range of ground plans, elevations, crayon drawings and watercolours of houses which were surveyed in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition includes the work of Swedish scholars, Åke Campbell (1891-1957) and Albert Nilsson [Eskeröd] (1904-1987) who were invited to survey traditional houses in Ireland in the 1930s. A selection of work by architectural students from the School of Architecture, University College, Dublin is also included. They surveyed more than two hundred thatched houses from five villages around Ireland in the 1940s. The exhibition is complemented with four pastel drawings by the Irish artist Seán Keating (1889-1977). The vibrant drawings illustrate the interior and furniture of the home of Murty Culloty's house, Kiskeam, County Cork. The exhibition continues until 14 October, 2007.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:email@example.com
SCHOOLS COMPETITION - TRAVEL POSTERS
To celebrate National Heritage Week 2007 (25th August - 2nd September), the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is inviting upper primary students to create a Travel Poster of your area. The picture can display any elements of your area. This competition is in conjunction with our new temporary exhibition 'Come Back to Erin' Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century. Entry forms, terms and conditions are available from the Education & Outreach Department or by emailing
Entries will be accepted up until Saturday 10th November.
SEMINAR ON IRISH TRAVEL POSTERS
Friday 21st September 2007: 9.30am - 3.30pm
To complement the exhibition Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century the museum is holding a day-long seminar on travel posters. The day includes an introduction to the exhibition as well as a series of talks on a history of tourism, landscape art, Irish travel posters and postcards. Age 14+
Speakers include: Dr. Séamas Mac Philib, Dr. Barbara O'Connor, Linda King and Joe Lee. Admission is free but booking is required.
An exciting exhibition entitled Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century, featuring a selection of travel and tourism posters, is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.
This exhibition features a selection of strikingly colourful travel and tourism posters from the 20th century. The posters span the decades from 1908 to the 1960s, which was a period when mass tourism began to develop and also represented a period of great growth in the advertising and marketing industry. Some of the poster images by the Irish artist Paul Henry in particular became best sellers even in the 1920s and became essential images of Ireland. The exhibition is running in association with Iarnród Éireann.
To complement this exhibition the museum is holding a day-long seminar on travel posters on Friday 21st September 2007. The day includes an introduction to the exhibition as well as a series of talks on a history of tourism, Irish travel posters and postcards. Speakers include: Dr. Séamas Mac Philib, Dr. Barbara O'Connor, Linda King and Joe Lee. Admission to the seminar is free but booking is required.
Format of Day
10.00am Welcome and Opening Address
10.15am Séamas Mac Philib: Introduction to the exhibition 'Come Back to Erin': Irish travel posters of the 20th century. Followed by Q&A
11.30am Barbara O'Connor: History of Tourism
12.15pm Open Discussion
1.30pm Linda King: Irish Travel Posters
2.15pm Joe Lee: John Hinde
3.00pm Open Discussion
Biographies of Contributors
* Dr. Séamas Mac Philib is Senior Curator in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. He was a member of the core team which put the museum storyline and exhibition together. He has worked in museums in Stockholm, Paris and in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and formerly as an official in the Department of the Taoiseach, where he carried out strategic planning for a National Folk Museum for Ireland.
* Barbara O'Connor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications at Dublin City University. She has an academic background in sociology and social anthropology and her research interests include popular cultural forms and practices such as tourism, dance and media. She has published widely in each of these areas and is co-editor of Tourism In Ireland: A Critical Analysis (Cork University Press, 1993) and, Irish Tourism: Image, Culture and Identity (Channel View Publications, 2003).
* Linda King lectures in design history and theory at IADT Dun Laoghaire, specialising in the study of graphic design and printed ephemera. She is currently completing her PhD, Traditions and Modernities: Aer Lingus and the visualisation of Irish identities 1950-1961, a study of Aer Lingus posters and advertising strategies. She has published and lectured widely on this subject and on various aspects of Irish design and material culture.
* Joe Lee, visual artist and digital media director/producer, is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design. He has worked with a wide range of individuals and organisations including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin City Council, John Hinde, The Arts Council, The National Museum, Sligo County Council Arts Office, RTÉ and Granada TV. In 1993 Joe directed an arts documentary - Hindesight - that looked at the life and work of photographer and post card manufacturer John Hinde.
How to Book
Admission to the Seminar is FREE of charge. Places are limited so book early.
Tel: 094 9031751
Fax: 094 9031498
POSITIVE AGEING WEEK 2007
Friday 28th September to Saturday 6th October 2007
To celebrate Positive Ageing Week ) the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is offering free guided tours of the museum for active retirement and senior citizens groups. Booking is essential.
Turas na mBan: Women's Journey - A Conference about Women
October 12th and 13th 2007: Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo.
The conference is being organised by Meitheal Mhaigheo. This year the line up includes Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, who will talk about creativity and the feminine, Dr. Edel Breathnach's contribution will reveal aspects of the lives of women in early Medieval Ireland, Mary O'Rourke, T.D. will speak about her life as a politician and Dr. Ríonach Uí Ógáin's talk will focus on women and the seannós and singing traditions. Enda Kenny T.D., Ceannaire , Fine Gael, will officially open the conference on Friday afternoon, October 12th. The weekend will also include workshops, winetastings and traditional music sessions. For further information please contact: Meitheal Mhaigheo: 094 92 567 45; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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