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Temporary Exhibitions
Temporary Exhibitions at the Museum of Country Life
By Bernie Byron
3, Dec 2010 - 09:00

Display of objects from the N5 Charlestown Bypass archaeological excavations
A small display of objects found during archaeological excavations on the route of the N5 Charlestown Bypass is currently on display in the foyer of the Museum Galleries. The display which will continue until Sunday 5th December was mounted to accompany the launch of the book containing the results of these excavations.


Through a Swedish Lens: Images of early twentieth-century Irish Life

Opening 16 December.

This exhibition of photographs from the National Folklore Collection, taken by 4 Swedish ethnographers, uniquely captures aspects of Irish life in the early part of the last century. The exhibition runs until Spring 2011.

The Cross of Cong returns to Mayo for first time in 170 years.
Now on display at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.
The Cross of Cong is one of Ireland's greatest treasures. It was made in 1123 to encase a fragment of the True Cross that was brought to Ireland and displayed in different places around the country. The medieval Annals of Tigernach record that Tairdelbach Ua Chonchobair (Turlough O'Conor), king of Connacht and high king of Ireland, asked for part of the Cross to be kept in Ireland. On his instructions, a shrine was made in Roscommon to house the fragment - long since lost. That shrine is the Cross of Cong.
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Straw, Hay and Rushes
You can imagine a mat made from straw. How about sleeping on a straw mattress, horse riding using a saddle made from rushes, making a rain coat from a wheat sheaf or insulating your home with plaited straw draft excluders. This exhibition includes more than a hundred objects made from these natural materials some of which you can experience for yourself.


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