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Museum Events October 2006
By Shona O'Malley
Oct 1, 2006, 11:34

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

Wednesday 11 October: 2.30-3.30pm
Tour. Lá na gCrann/ Tree Council of Ireland's 10th Annual Tree Day
Join Education & Outreach Assistant Lorna Elms on a guided woodland walk as she identifies various trees on site and explains their uses and folklore.
Location: Museum Grounds

Sunday 15 October: 2.30-3.30pm   
Talk. West of Ireland & The Gaelic Revival

Join poet Séan Lysaght to hear about the Gaelic revival of the late 19th century and the way this influenced how folklore was collected and re-discovered.  
Location: Education Room

Wednesday 18 October 2.30-3.30pm
Talk and Demonstration. Clay Pipes & Dúidíns
Knockcroghery in Co. Roscommon was famous for the production of clay pipes, commonly smoked by men and women. Ethell Kelly discusses dúidíns and demonstrates how they are made. 
Sunday 22 October 2.30-3.30pm      
Mask Workshop. Watch out for the Púca! Prepare for Hallowe'en
Hear about the traditions at Samhain. Then make your own spooky mask to celebrate this festival with Tom Doyle of the Education & Outreach Department.

Wednesday 25 October: 2.30-3.30pm         
Talk & Demonstration. Jack O' Lantern
Join Albert Siggins to learn about traditional Hallowe'en games and watch him make a Jack O' Lantern from a turnip and pumpkin.
Location: Education Room

Sunday 29 October: 2.30-3.30pm
Hallowe'en Party. Bite for Apples, Dip for Money, Seek Your Fortune!

Hear about the festival of Samhain and then join in the fun and games with Brendan McDonnell of the Education & Outreach Department.   
Location: Education Room

Groups who would like to arrange a repeat of any event should contact the Education & Outreach Dept.

Courses for Adults
Courses take place between 10am & 5pm

Thursday 26 October: 10.00am-5.00pm
Christmas Food Course.

Join chef Val Lynam to learn how to prepare the perfect traditional pudding, stuffing, mince pies, pickles, preserves and much more in this Christmas food course. Lunch prepared by 'An Grianán Museum Café'. 
  Booked Out

Tuesday's in November 2.30pm-4.30pm
To coincide with the opening of the new patchwork & quilting exhibition on display. Learn the principles of patchwork and appliqué on this course with local craftsman Gillen Hardesty.
Course Commences: Tuesday 7 November

 Evening Lecture Series
Thursday evenings in November at 7.00pm 
1916 - Year of Turmoil.  Marking the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Thursday 9 November
'A year of conflict:  1916'.
The Military Aspects of the year both in Ireland and in France Lar Joye, Curator, 'Soldiers and Chiefs' exhibition, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks.

Thursday 16 November
'   Irish Men In World War I - The Histories Of The Men In The Trenches'

Siobhan Pierce,    Curator, 'Soldiers and Chiefs' exhibition, National Museum of Ireland,
Collins Barracks   
Thursday 23 November,   
'Women Of 1916 - Unladylike And Disreputable'
Sinead McCoole, Historian.  Keeper/Curator of the Jackie Clarke Library, Ballina

Thursday 30 November
'The Historical Legacy and Political After Effects of the Year 1916'
Dr. Diarmaid Ferriter, Historian and Broadcaster. Lecturer, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra.

Lectures are free of charge, booking is advisable

To celebrate National Heritage Week 2006 the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is inviting upper primary students to write an essay on the theme of Changing Landscapes. The essay can discuss either or both the social and physical changes that have occurred in Ireland over the last 100 - 150 years.

Entry forms, terms and conditions are available from the Education and Outreach Department or by emailing Entries will be accepted up until Saturday 11th November.


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
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.

Michael Davitt 1846-1906 an exhibition to commemorate the life of the father of the Land League.
The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar is to open an exhibition on 12 October 2006 in this centenary year of the death of the founder of the Land League. This exhibition was organised by Mayo County Library and Mayo County Library. It is rich in images of Michael Davitt and his times and traces his life from birth in Mayo, to founder of the Land League, imprisonment, Member of Parliament and international activist. It is supplemented with artefacts drawn from the National Museum's collections associated with Davitt and the Land League.

The exhibition will continue for two months.

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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