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Museum Events 7-15 Feb 2014
By Bernie Byron
1, Feb 2014 - 16:31

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* Féile na Tuaithe 2014 * Programme of events * Schools' Competition * Temporary Exhibitions

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

01. Féile na Tuaithe - Turlough Park returns to the National Museum of Ireland after a 3-year break
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May 2014 (12-5pm daily)

It is with great delight that the National Museum of Ireland, in partnership with Mayo Co. Council, announces the return of the hugely popular Féile na Tuaithe - Turlough Park. This 2-day free family festival returns to the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May 2014.

The refreshed and updated programme of events will have many new elements but some of the old Féile favourites will return including a variety of craft demonstrations and workshops, horticultural area, beekeeping, working dogs, children's activities, musical entertainment and Gallery-based events. The tented food area will also return but this part of the programme is currently undergoing a total change from the 2011 programme. A full programme of events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Check for regular updates and follow Féile na Tuaithe on Facebook .

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

Friday 7 February: 11.00am-1.00pm. Drop-in Activity. Knitting Circle: Spring out of Winter. Adults & Children 7yrs. Join the museum knitters to make your own spring time knits and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one. Exchange ideas and tips. Learn a new skill for life. Beginners welcome. No booking required.

Saturday 8 February:
11.30am-1.00pm. Drop-in Activity. Mayo Genealogy Group. Adults. If you have an interest in finding out about your family history come along for free practical tips with the Mayo Genealogy Group. No booking required. New researchers welcome.
2.00pm-2.30pm. Talk. Genealogy Talk: Burial Registers. Adults. Join William Lyons for a talk on burial registers. These primary source records can be a useful tool for researching your family history. No booking required.

Saturday 15 February:
1.00pm-2.00pm. Talk. Engineering Week: Technology Behind The Sliotar. Adults & Children 7yrs+. Join Dr Fiachra Collins and discover how the hurling ball has been engineered and designed over the years, evolved from traditional hand-crafting to modern automated production. Compare them to our ancient hurling balls on display. Booking Required.

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects uses artefacts to create a timeline of Ireland's past; from the earliest evidence of human activity to the modern day - one object at a time. This year we are challenging pupils to write a poem about one or more of these objects. To find out more log on to

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

· 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
Café art Exhibition
PUC FADA by Tom Meskell
The inspiration for this exhibition by artist Tom Meskell, came from the collection, and x-rays, of hurling balls featured in the Museum's current Hair Hurling Balls exhibition. All of the paintings in this new exhibition are oil on canvas and will be displayed in the Museum Café until the end of March 2014.
Visit to see a slide show of this work. For further information please contact Tom Meskell on Tel: +353 94 93 67616, email:

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: 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:

Visit for details of the current programme of events.
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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:

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.


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