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Museum 13-27 Sep 2014
By Bernie Byron
11, Sep 2014 - 22:16

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* We are 13 years old * Culture Night 2014 * Programme of events *Temporary Exhibitions

* Museum Shop & Café * Memory Book Project * On-line Resources * Other Details


Did you know that the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life opened to the public on 10 September 2001? In those 13 years, over 1.3m visitors from all over the world have visited this wonderful Museum. How time has flown, it's been a fantastic 13 years so far.....
02. CULTURE NIGHT - FRIDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 (7.00-9.00pm)
20 years on - Mayo 5000 & the Start of Riverdance.
To coincide with Riverdance's 20th anniversary this year, the National Museum and Irish TV will host an evening of conversation, reminiscence, music and dance for Culture Night on Friday 19 September 2014 (7-9pm). Riverdance can trace its origins to the ‘Mayo 5000' celebrations in 1993. Since its first performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, Riverdance has wowed audiences worldwide and has reinvented Irish traditional dance.
7.00pm Conversation on stage with Brian Quinn & Sheila Coll who were key members of Mayo 5000 & the Spirit of Mayo celebration. The interview will be conducted by Irish TV. In addition, members of the audience who were also involved in 1993 & 1994 will share their stories from that exciting time.

8.15-9.00 Dance and musical entertainment. Music provided by Riverdance musician Robbie Harris and friends. Dance by Nolan Bailey School of Irish Dancing featuring local World Champion Dancer, Jordan McCormick and Friends.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 13th September:
11.30am-1.00pm. Drop-in Activity: Mayo Genealogy Group. If you have an interest in finding out about your family history come along for free practical tips with the Mayo Genealogy Group. Adults. No booking required. New researches welcome.

Saturday 13th September:
3.00pm-4.00pm. Talk. Maamtrasna Murders and their Aftermath. Hear about Tim Harrington's quest to find the truth behind the Maamtrasna murders, the political climate of the time and how this case caused a sensation when it was first published in 1884!. With Ronnie O'Gorman of the Galway Advertiser. Adults. Booking required (contact details below).

Friday 19th September:
11.00am-1.00pm. Drop-in Activity: Knitting: Not Just For Nanas! Make you own summer-time knits and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Learn a new skill for life. Holiday makers and beginners welcome. Adults & children 7yrs+. No booking required.

Culture Night: Friday 19 September 2014 (7.00-9.00pm).
See above for full details.

Saturday 20th September:
3.00pm-4.00pm. Talk: Top Tips For Your Garden. Join Padraic Horkan for a talk on the top tips for your garden in September. Find out how to reap the full rewards from your garden and how to plan for the winter. Adults. Booking required.

Sat 27th September:
11.30am-3.00pm. Drop-in Activity: Connacht Textile Crafters: Fair Isle Knitting. Come along for tips and techniques for successful two-colour knitting in the traditional ‘Fair Isle' style. Demonstrations throughout the day with Carol McDermott. Adults & 7yrs+. No booking required.

Preserving the Peace: Policing on the Island of Ireland: 1814-2014
The Peace Preservation Act of 1814 allowed for the creation of the Peace Preservation Force which is seen by many as the precursor to the establishment of the Irish Constabulary and of the modern police services on the island of Ireland. To mark this bicentenary, the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo has opened Preserving the Peace: Policing on the Island of Ireland: 1814-2014, a major new exhibition dedicated to Irish policing on 14 June 2014. The exhibition will run until Easter 2015 and forms part of the National Museum of Ireland's Decade of Commemorations calendar of events. The exhibition focuses on organised policing over two hundred years on the island, exploring the degree to which standard policing has metamorphosed or remained static against the backdrop of British and Irish rule. A comprehensive public programme is running as part of the exhibition - see the exhibition website for further details.
Other exhibitions include:
In a partnership between the National Museum of Ireland (NMI), the Irish Times and the Royal Irish Academy, 100 objects have been chosen by journalist Fintan O'Toole to take us through the history of people in Ireland over 7,000 years. 4 of these objects can be seen in the NMI-Country Life, Turlough Park.
· No. 81 EMPTY COOKING POT, 1845-9

· No. 82 EMIGRANT'S TEAPOT, 1850-1950.

· No. 93 BOYNE CORACLE, 1928

· No. 95 EMIGRANT'S SUITCASE, 1950s.

No. 66 CRUCIFIXION STONE, 1740 & No. 77 WICKER CRADLE, 19th & 20th Centuries are also from the NMI-Country Life's Folklife collection and are based in NMI-Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin.

Further details can be found on: and on

Visit for details about temporary exhibitions which are ongoing in the Museum Galleries
On Sight:
On Sight is an annual installation of artworks in and around the grounds of Turlough Park. This year sees the installation of 13 artworks. The theme for ‘On Sight' 2014 is ‘Traditional Farmhouse Fare - Farm to Plate'. This artist led exhibition project is a collaboration of the National Museum of Ireland, Mayo County Council and Mayo Arts Squad. It involves a number of independent artists, the Rural Training Centre Castlebar, Luisne Arts Group Ballinrobe and the intercultural refugee group in Ballyhaunis. This exhibition will run until end of September 2014.

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 Café: See above for details of Café vacancies. Visit 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: 094 928 9972 or E-mail:

Your Stories - Our Histories: Memory Book Project
During your Museum visit, please take a seat at our Memory Book to record personal memories and stories related to the objects and exhibitions you have encountered in the Museum. The Memory Book form can be downloaded and returned to the Museum. This form can be completed even if you haven't been to the Museum yet as we would still like to hear your memories relating to Irish country life.

Museum's Documentation Discoveries Articles:

Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of our Documentation Department's work

Website for local heritage features articles on local history and heritage from around the country. Anyone with an interest in their local area can contribute to this website which, it is hoped, will eventually reflect the local history of the island of Ireland. Groups and organisations are welcome to promote their cultural and heritage events via the online events form.

Visit for details of the current programme of events.
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Museum: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 2-5pm. Closed Mondays (incl. Bank Holiday).
Museum Shop & Café: open during Museum hours with extended opening from 12pm each Sunday.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Museum Reception: +353 94 903 1755
BOOKINGS OFFICE: (Mon-Fri: 10am-1pm): +353 94 903 1751; email:
MUSEUM CAFÉ: 094 928 9972; e-mail:


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