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Museum Events - July 2006
By Shona O'Malley
Jul 1, 2006, 03:50

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 2 - 19 July 2006
All events are free unless otherwise stated. Booking required. Booking details at the end of the page:

Permanent Exhibition

The Natural Environment
Communities relied on the resources available in the immediate natural environment for self-sufficiency and survival. This exhibition looks at how the way of life in rural Ireland was influenced by the landscape and its resources. This is explored through vernacular architecture and illustrated by using different raw materials to make similar objects.

Location: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Level -1, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo


Whitewash & Thatch - Temporary Exhibition

location: Country Life
Date: 14-June-2006
Time: 14:30 - 15:30

On display is the work of a group of student architects from the School of Architecture in University College, Dublin.  In the 1940s they surveyed, sketched and painted in watercolour the thatched houses of a selection of villages around the country. Their work will be supplemented by drawings of houses from a previous decade in the work of Ake Campbell    (1891-1957) and Albert Nilsson (Eskerod), 1904-1987) visiting Swedish scholars, who travelled in the south and west of    Ireland in the 1930s.  A centrepiece of the exhibition will be a series of four pastel drawings by the artist Seán Keating of Culloty's House, Kishkeam, in County Cork.  It is the first time that this series is on exhibition.

Tour and Video:
View the video of the house building projects construction (2003) and then tour this building project as it is stands today.
Age 7+
Location: Museum Galleries

Streets of London Exhibition

This primarily photographic exhibition will show images from four separate collections concerning Irish emigration to Britain, especially to London. The selection of images will look at emigration across generations and the themes will include music, tradition, religion, politics and faces of emigration. The images will be accompanied by snippets of the personal testimony of some Irish emigrants. The exhibition runs from the end of June until the end of September.

EDUCATION PROGRAMME All events are free of charge. Booking required as places are limited
Location: Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Sunday 16th July, 2.30pm

The Craic was Good in Cricklewood, but who paid the price?

Songs and Stories of the Irish Navies Pictures, music and memories of the men who built Britain after World War Two. Presented by author Ultan Cowley in conjunction with the temporary exhibition 'Streets of London' Age 14+

Places still available, Free of Charge, Places are limited so advance booking is advisable.

Sunday 2 July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Talk. Holy Wells and Pattern Days

During the summer months many people made an annual pilgrimage to religious sites noted for cures. Join Fr. Frank Fahy, as he discusses this topic.

Location: Education Room

Sunday 9th July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Talk and Workshop. 'Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining'

Join Padraic McAvock, amateur MET station operator and local fisherman, as he explains the methods of  reading, measuring and recording weather signs and learn how to set up your own weather station.

Location: Education Room

Wednesday 12th July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Talk. Climate Change in Ireland in the 21st Century
Join John O'Flanagan manager of MET office in Knock, to learn how global warming might effect us in the future with rising tides and flood warnings

Location: Education Room

Sunday 16th July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm    
Talk. The Craic was Good in Cricklewood, But Who Paid the Price?
Songs and Stories of the Irish Navvies.

Pictures, music and memories of the men who built Britain after World War Two. Presented by author Ultan Cowley in conjunction with the temporary exhibition of 'Streets of London'

Location: Education Room

Wednesday 19th July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Searching for your Roots

Join Bridie Greavy, genealogist, Mayo North Heritage Centre, to learn how to locate your family roots in census and land records.

   Location: Education Room

   Sunday 23rd July: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
   Folklore of the House in Conjunction with Whitewash & Thatch

   Join Caitíona Hastings to hear how people used varying protective measures to shield themselves,
   their houses, livestock and livelihoods.


Course for Primary School Teachers
10th - 14 July Summer In-Career Development Course for Primary Teachers

The Primary Curriculum in the National Museum: An Integrated Approach to Learning
This course for Primary teachers will run from 10am - 3pm each day.
For more information or to make a booking please contact the Bookings Office

Courses for Adults
Courses take place between 10am & 5pm
'Wandering through the Weeds'
Friday 28th July

A day long workshop with Judith Hoad. Identify wild flowers and plants in the grounds of Turlough Park House and find out about their domestic and medicinal properties. Afterwards Judith will demonstrate the methods of making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, medicated oils and ointments and will discuss the associated folklore.

Summer School for Children
Traditional Gaelic Script
Thursday 1st - Friday 4th August. 10.30am - 12.30pm

Spark your imagination, illuminate your mind, work with your hands to create a little piece of Irish Culture. This Summer see if you can write like the monks did for the book of Kells with Albert Siggins. Age 7 - 13 yrs

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

BOOKINGS: Education and Outreach Dept. Bookings Office
(Bookings office hours: 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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