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Museum Events 14-29 June 2014
By Bernie Byron
8, Jun 2014 - 09:58

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* New exhibition opening * Féile na Tuaithe: Feedback required * Programme of events

* May Customs Survey & Memory Collection * Temporary Exhibitions * Museum Shop & Café
* Memory Book Project * On-line Resources * Other Details

Preserving the Peace: Policing on the island of Ireland 1814-2014
From gallows, shillelagh and manacles to the hangman's rope, this exhibition commemorates two hundred years of law and order through objects relating to policing, crime, prisons and punishment; highlighting the sometimes uncomfortable reality of Ireland's official past. The exhibition runs from 14 June 2014 - April 2015.


Thank you to everyone who visited the Museum grounds for Féile na Tuaithe on 24/25 May. Approximately 22,000 people flocked to the Museum to enjoy the return of this wonderful family event. Did you come to Féile na Tuaithe 2014? If so, would you please take a few minutes to provide feedback on your visit? You can find our Visitor Survey here:

Visit to find out about local Irish history & heritage and to contribute photos and stories about your locality.

Saturday 14th June:
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. New researchers welcome. Adult. No booking required.

Saturday 14th June:
2pm 3pm. Tour: Walk the Beat! Hear the stories behind the objects on a tour of our new temporary exhibition Preserving The Peace, with the exhibition's curator Noel Campbell. Adults & Children 7yrs +. Booking Required.

Friday 20th June:
11.00am-1.00pm. Drop-in Activity: Come Knit With Me! Enthusiasts and beginners alike are welcome to join the Museum knitters as they share skills, patterns and top tips. Adults and Children 7yrs+. No booking required.

Saturday 21st June:
2.00pm-3.30pm. Talk: Froggy Facts. Join Nuala Madigan of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council for a talk on the lifecycle and habitats of frogs, what they eat, their protection status and how to encourage frogs to your garden. Afterwards make your own origami frog. Families. Booking required.

Thursday 26th June:
3.00pm-4.00pm. Tour. Documentation Discoveries. Tour behind the scenes, see and hear about some of the exciting and puzzling discoveries uncovered in the Museum's collection. Adults. Booking required.

Sunday 29th June:
3.00pm-4.00pm. Workshop. Kidz Museum: Unbeweavable! Discover some of the woven objects in the Museum like lobster pots, baskets, clothes and hens nests. Then weave your own masterpiece from natural materials. Booking required.

04. May Customs Survey & Memory Collection
Do you know of any customs still being carried out on May Eve, May Day or during the month of May? We invite you to help us complete a national survey of May Customs in the 21st Century and to add you May Memories to our collection. Fill in our easy online form by following the link on

Opening 14 June 2014:
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 will open 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 will focus 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.

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 Leaving Project: new exhibition in the Museum Café
A selection of photographic work by David Monaghan will be on display in the café until mid-May 2014. This work is part of a series called ‘On Leaving". This project is a comprehensive and ongoing photographic study of the lives of a particular set of migrants from Ireland with an eye to what they have left behind. It is a three stranded project which has its roots in a three year long documentation of the renewed trend of emigration from Ireland or more specifically from David's town in Ireland, the city of Dublin. Leaving Dublin became a series of 84 studies of people on the move which employed a very tight visual strategy. Low light cityscapes carefully lit, traditional poses, with a suitcase as the only prop and the sitter in most cases looking away from us into the future. David's work can be viewed on his website: where you will find a detailed blog on this project.

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.

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.

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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: 094 903 1755
MUSEUM CAFÉ: 094 928 9972; e-mail:


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