From The West of Ireland
    Go to Castlebar | Photo Gallery | Castlebar Directory | Nostalgia Board
Museum of Country Life Last Updated: 2, Apr 2018 - 10:02

Museum 12-27 October 2013
By Bernie Byron
6, Oct 2013 - 10:35

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

* Christmas Memorabilia * Programme of events * School programme

* Temporary Exhibitions * Museum Shop & Café * On-line Resources * Other Details

Deadline for submissions: Friday 15 November
Do you have an item at home that has a special place in your heart and reminds you of Christmases past? We invite you to email your story (350 words max) and a photo of the item to by Friday 15 November. These stories will be assessed and those selected will have their objects included in a unique public display in the Museum during December and online. For more information incl. Terms & Conditions visit
Visit to find out about local Irish history & heritage and to contribute photos and stories about your locality.

Saturday 12 October: 11am-5pm. Open Day. Mayo Genealogy Group 'Gathering' Day 2013. Adults and children 7yrs+
Join the Mayo Genealogy Group and celebrate finding out about your past. A full day of events, talks, tours, workshops and much more in the Museum and later in Turlough village from 5-8pm. Check out for a full list of the day's events. No booking required.

Friday 18 October: 11am-1pm. Drop-in Activity. Knitting Circle: Christmas Socks and Stockings Adults and children 7yrs+
Why not take up the challenge of knitting a pair of woolly socks or a Christmas stocking for the hearth? Join the museum knitters to make your winter woollies. Bring along your knitting or crochet. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Thursday 24 October: 3-4pm. Talk. The Conservation of Mesolithic Fish Traps. Adults and children 14yrs+
Join Museum conservator Dr. Karena Morton to find out about the conservation processes involved in the preservation of Mesolithic fish traps made from finely constructed basketry. The traps were discovered in a bog at Clowanstown, Co. Meath. Check out object No. 1 . Booking required.

Sunday 27 October: 2.30-4pm. Workshop. Tales from the Bog. Adults and children 7yrs+
How does the bog preserve objects from long ago? How is modern forensic science used to uncover our buried past? Join Brid Colhoun from Ballycroy National Park to learn more. Discover bog finds in the Hair Hurling Balls exhibition. Booking required.



Thursday 17 October: 12.00-1.30pm. Workshop. Tales from the Bog. Adults and children 7yrs+
How does the bog preserve objects from long ago? How is modern forensic science used to uncover our buried past? Join Brid Colhoun from Ballycroy National Park to learn more. Discover bog finds in the Hair Hurling Balls exhibition. Booking required. Relevant to Junior Cycle: History, Science & Geography and Senior Cycle: Biology & Geography.
HAIR HURLING BALLS: Earliest Artefacts of Our National Game
This exciting new exhibition firmly establishes the antiquity of our national game of Hurling with radio-carbon dated hurling balls from 800 years ago! The hair hurling ball collection of the National Museum of Ireland is displayed with an ancient hurling stick. These hurling balls are of matted cow-hair with a plaited horse-hair covering. This exhibition looks at these bog finds in relation to where in the country they were discovered, how they were made and the scientific analysis undertaken by the Museum. This revealed so much more than the naked eye could see... The exhibition runs until May 2014.

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
Cooking Pot

· 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
Museum Café Exhibition

Contemporary Ireland
This is an exhibition of photographs by students of the level 6 Professional Photography Course, Carrowbeg College, Westport, Co. Mayo. Contact Eilish Power for more information 087 2075203.

Museum Shop: the Museum Shop offers a broad range of affordable quality gifts for any occasion. Unique products to suit all budgets and requirements.
Museum Café: 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; E-mail:
Visit for details of the current programme of events.
Contact if you would like to join the Museum's e-mail distribution list.

Follow us on Facebook:
and Twitter:

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.
Blog by the Museum's Documentation Department
The Documentation Department in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life have launched a blog as a spin off from the Museum's Inventory Project - Visit this blog to get some information on objects in the Museum's collection.
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.
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: 094 903 1755
MUSEUM CAFÉ: 094 928 9972; e-mail:

Note: if you would like to be removed from the e-mailing list please send return e-mail with "remove" in subject box
Kind regards, Bernie

Bernie Byron
Marketing Executive
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Turlough Park
Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 94 903 1773
Mob: +353 87 798 7439
Admission Free. Closed Mondays.

How to find us: GPS Co-ordinates: 53.883986, -9.212476

Public Programmes & Temporary Exhibitions: ongoing events & activities in the four sites of the National Museum of Ireland.

The "Hair hurling balls: Earliest artefacts of our national game" exhibition features 14 hurling balls made from matted cow hair with a plaited horsehair covering. All the balls have been dated to the late seventeenth century or earlier. Running until May 2014.


© Copyright 2013 by © Contributor(s) and Castlebar Web Pages 1997 - 2018

.. Top of Page

Museum of Country Life
Latest Headlines
Coming up at the Museum in April/May
At the Museum - Some Events in April
Coming up at the Museum in Early April
At the Museum - 24-26 March 2017
Museum Updates - 7 March 2017
The Museum in March
At the Museum Feb/Mar
Upcoming Events at The National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life
Upcoming Events at The National Museum Of Ireland - Country Life
Beyond Sackville Street & The Somme
All Museum Events August 2016
August Events at NMI-Country Life
Finding a Voice at the Museum
Museum Events in July 2016
The Hoard and the Sword: Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo
Museum Events in May 2016
GMIT Mayo Staff Mark International Women's Day with Public Seminar
Emigrant Light
March in the Museum
GMIT Women's History Seminar
Women & Rural Electrification of Ireland
Give Your Voice Wings
Museum Events 18th to 31st of January
Temporary Exhibition The Gift
The Museum at Christmas
Official Launch: 101 Mayo People
SAMHAIN: Shadows, Sounds & Stories
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Turlough Park House
November Events at the Museum
Events at the Museum 13-29 Oct
From Galway to Gettysburg
Mayo Girls & the Irish Mission
Connaught Textile Crafters: Needle Felting
Culture Night at the Museum
Coming up at the Museum - Sep 2015
Six Word Story Competition
Paul Rose - Bogs of Ireland
On Sight Art Trail 2015
Heritage Week at the Museum
Recycling Arts Camp
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Turlough Park House
Museum Events July - September 2015
Mid-Term Activities at the Museum
On Sight 2015
Museum Events 3-15 Feb 2015
Christmas at the Museum
Christmas Programme at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Samhain Event at the Museum
Museum of Country Life - 17-25 Oct 2014
Museum 13-27 Sep 2014
Museum Events - 22 Aug - 13 Sep 2014
Museum Events 1 July - 30 August 2014
Vibrant Large-Scale Art at Museum of Country Life
Museum Events 26 June - 4 July 2014
Museum Events 14-29 June 2014
Traditional Dress Photo Competition
Féile na Tuaithe 2014
Museum Events 24 May - 7 June
Museum Events 17 May - 7 June
Museum Events 17-24 April 2014
Museum Events - 04-09 April 2014
Museum of Country Life - 15-22 March 2014
Museum Events 7-15 March 2014
Museum Events 7-15 Feb 2014
Museum Events 1 - 8 Feb 2014
Museum Events 3-11 January 2013
Christmas Festivities at the Museum
Museum Christmas Activities 4-18 Dec 2013
Family Events at the Museum
Museum Events - 23 Nov - 7 Dec 2013
Museum Programme - 23-30 Nov 2013
Museum 29 Oct - 17 Nov 2013
Museum 24 Oct to 9 Nov 2013
Museum 12-27 October 2013
Museum of Country Life - Oct 2013
Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh? at the Museum
Vive les Irlandais et La France
Last Chance to See
Museum of Country Life to Feature on RTE at Christmas
Return to the Land of Youth
No Ordinary Family
Culture Night at the Museum
An Evening of Conversation at the Museum
Power & Privilege Photography Competition
The Coming of Summer
Forgotten Object Children's Competition
Power and Privilege Exhibition
Safe Secrets: the Story of the Coggalbeg
Culture Night at the Museum
Road Bowling
Féile na Tuaithe 2011
Museum Shop and Cafe
Cross of Cong Competition for Schools
Cancellation of Events at the Museum
Temporary Exhibitions at the Museum of Country Life
Archaeology of the Charlestown Bypass
Museum of Country Life Welcomes its One Millionth Visitor
Féile na Tuaithe - the Festival of the Countryside