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Museum Events - Nov 2008
By Bernie Byron
8, Nov 2008 - 07:26

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Events for November 2008

Click below for further details on:

Public Programme

Schools Programme

Temporary Exhibitions

Other Events of Interest:

Museum Shop and Cafe Special offers

General Information:

Contact Details

How to Find Us

Museum Opening Hours



Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo



For general information - Tel: (094) 90 31755; fax: (094) 90 31628; e-mail:

For bookings: - Tel (094) 90 31751; fax: (094) 90 31498; e-mail:

(Booking office hours: Mon-Fri: 10am - 2pm)



Christmas Food Fair - Calling all Food Producers!

The Christmas Food Fair will take place in the Museum grounds on Saturday 13 December 2008 (11-5pm). Other activities will include  Workshops in making decorations, gift wrapping etc, Christmas Carols and the annual Santa visit.  If you are a food producer and are interested in taking a stand at the Fair, please contact me as soon as possible. (Tel: 094 90 31773 or e-mail: 







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Thursday 6 November –                        

‘Secrets of the Bog Bodies’            Fully Booked!

Speaker Éamon P Kelly, Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland.


Sunday 9 November: 2.30 – 3.30pm

Talk & Demonstration: The Horse Harness and its Decoration.

Adults & Children Over 7.

Hear Rob Steinke, Saddler and Harness Maker talk about the harness and its decoration. Watch a demonstration of hand-stitching on a traditional harness. Location. Education Room


Tuesday 11 November: 4.00pm – 5.00pm.

Junior Workshop: Exploring Ceramics. Fully Booked!

Children Under 6 Accompanied by an Adult.

Join Lisa Fahy for this junior workshop. View the museum’s ceramic collection and get to make your own design.

Location. Education Room

Thursday 13 November: 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Talk & Demonstration. National Science Week: Butter Making

Adults & Children Over 7.

How does milk turn into butter? Join Dawn Gawley as she explains and demonstrates the process of butter-making.

Location. Education Room

Evening Lecture Series

Thursday 13 November –

‘The Moylough Belt Shrine 8th or 9th Century?’

Speaker Peter Harbison, Archaeologist and Author. Fully Booked!


Friday 21 November: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Drop in Event. The Knitting Circle. Adults & Children Over 7

Exchange patterns, learn new techniques, bring along your knitting and join in.  Location. Education Room.


Friday 21 November: 3.30-4.30pm

Storytelling Performance: Fadó, Fadó… All ages.

November is a ideal time for storytelling with the coming of the dark evenings. Pull up a chair and join Niall de Burca as he relates some of his favourite tales.. Location. Education Room.

Sunday 23 November: 2.30-3.30pm

Talk: Wake Rituals and Traditions. Adults and Children Over 7

Join Ann Ridge to hear about Wake rituals and traditions in rural Ireland. Location. Education Room.


Tuesday 4 November: 10.00am & 11.30am 

Tour. Saints, Patrons & Patterns

After All Souls Day learn about the lives, legends and legacies of Irelands holy men and women and get a chance to view the Moylough Belt Shrine with Aoife O’Toole

Location. Education Room.

Wednesday 12 November: 11.30am & 2.00pm  

Talk & Workshop. Traditional Natural Dyeing

Join June Bourke as she uses natural materials to create colours for dyeing wool and cloth.
Location. Education Room.
Thursday 13 November: 10.00am

Workshop. Nature Activities for Children 1st & 2nd Class

Learn about Irish wildlife through games and role-playing.  Science, History & Geography



Thursday 13 & Friday 14 November: 2.00pm 

Science Tour: Behind the Glass Case

Come on a ‘science’ tour and find out how and why the buildings and exhibition cases are designed to protect the museum objects.  Science & History: Junior & senior cycle


Thursday 27 & Friday 28 November: 2.30pm

Interactive Performance. Living History

History: Junior Cycle

Join Michael Moylan of ‘Irish History live’ to experience living in the past ans everyday life in Ireland around the 1900’s. Try on the clothes, find out about the food and much more. Location. Education Room.

Schools Competition: Extraordinary Ordinary People

Celebrate your community's extraordinary ordinary people.

The National Museum of Ireland Country Life is inviting primary and post primary students to nominate the most extraordinary person in your area.

· Upper Primary 4th to 6th Class

· Junior Cert 1st to 3rd Year

We would like to find out from you something about a person from your area who has made an important contribution to your community between the years 18502000. Before you decide on someone, we would like you to talk to older members of your family or older people in your locality to find out their ideas. Closing date for receipt of entries: 25 November 2008. For further details and for copies of the entry form please contact the Bookings Office (details above).

Evening Lecture Series: November '08

Thursday Evenings at 8.00pm. Lectures are Free of Charge. Bookings Required.

Thursday 6 November: 8.00pm          

'Secrets of the Bog Bodies' 

Éamon P Kelly, Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland.

Thursday 13 November: 8.00pm

'The Moylough Belt Shrine, 8th or 9th century?'

Peter Harbison, Archaeologist and Author.

Thursday 27 November: 8.00pm       

'Medieval Relics and Reliquaries in Ireland'

Raghnall O’Floinn, Head of Collections, National Museum of Ireland.


Pilot Community Project

Calling on community groups who are already involved in or are interested in creating a community archive working with the National Museum of Ireland- Country Life. This is a unique opportunity to work on an intergenerational group community archive project. The project will involve getting photographs or records relating to your area with NMI support in organising and publishing your community photographs, oral recordings and any other information that you may have.



New Exhibition:

Opening in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in early November 

Planet Earth: Our Place in Space. 
Based on the geological collections of the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, this exhibition includes a collection of meteorites, many of which fell in Ireland, that tell us more about the origins of our planet. A highlight is the Limerick Meteorite that fell near Adare, County Limerick in 1813, Ireland's largest ever meteorite weighing in at 27 kilos. The exhibition will also feature some of the folk traditions associated with the moon and the stars.

Moylough Belt Shrine:
A Medieval Treasure from County Sligo The Moylough Belt Shrine was found in Moylough, Co. Sligo in the 1940s by local man John Towey when he was cutting turf. It consists of four hinged sections made of bronze. These contain fragments of a leather belt. The Shrine was decorated with silver, glass and enamel. The Moylough Belt Shrine dates from the eighth century and is one of the great treasures of medieval Ireland. The Moylough Belt Shrine is the only known surviving example of a belt shrine in Ireland. Running until June 2009.

Running until Autumn 2008:
Romantic Stitches and Realist Sketches

The Museum exhibition will show a range of early 20th Century Aran knitwear and a series of drawings by Seán Keating RHA which were used to illustrate an early marketing brochure developed by businessman, Pádraig Ó Síocháin in the 1960s & 1970s to promote Aran knitwear worldwide. The exhibition focuses on the unique marketing story of the Aran knitwear as well as highlighting some of the traditions associated with the stitches. Admission free.





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 Cafe: Visit the restaurant at 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 92 89972 / 086 1744076;


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Museum: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 2-5pm. Closed Mondays (incl. Bank Holiday) Shop and Café: extended opening on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Museum Cafe serving Sunday Lunch from 12 noon.

The Museum Shop has a 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 Cafe:

Visit the restaurant at 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 92 89972 / 086 1744076; E-mail:

CONTACT DETAILS BOOKINGS: Education and Outreach Dept. Bookings Office (Bookings office hrs: Mon-Fri: 10am - 2pm) Tel: 094 90 31751; Fax: 094 90 31498; e-mail: GENERAL INFORMATION: Museum Reception: 094 90 31755 MUSEUM CAFé: 094 92 89972 or 086 1744076; e-mail:

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