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Museum Events - December/January 2006
By Bernie Byron
Dec 21, 2006, 11:17

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - December/January 2006

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

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.


CLOSED    Sun. 24 Dec (Christmas Eve) & Mon. 25 Dec. (Christmas Day)
OPEN       Tues. 26 Dec. (St. Stephen's Day) - Sat. 30 Dec: 10am - 5pm
              Sun. 31 Dec. (New Year's Eve): 2pm - 5pm

CLOSED    Mon. 01 Jan.
OPEN       Tues. 02 Jan - Sat. 06 Jan: 10am - 5pm; Sun. 07 Jan: 2-5pm.

Shop and Cafe closed 24-26 December (incl). Both re-open as normal on Wednesday 27 December at 10am.

Sunday 31 December: 2.30-3.30pm
Theatrical Performance. The Mummer's Play
Watch the Sligo 'Sidhe Gaoithe' Mummers bring to life such characters as St. Patrick, Gráinne Uaile, Queen Maeve and many more in a traditional Mummer's play. Location: Museum Galleries

Sunday 7 January: 2.30-3.30pm
Tour. Housing in the last 100 Years

Join Brendan McGowan of the Education & Outreach Department to learn about traditional rural housing. Location:    Education Room

Sunday 14 January:  2.30-3.30pm
Talk. Images of Folklife in the 20th Century

Join Dr. Séan Lysaght to hear how Irish artists, such WB Yeats and Paul Henry, redefined the image of folklife in the    20th century. Location: Education Room

Sunday 21 January: 2.30-3.30pm
Workshop. Brídeóg & Cros Bríde

"In the past garments might be stuffed with straw or hay to approximate to a human figure." Make a Brídeóg & Brigid's    crosses with Merovee.  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


Prepare for Christmas by visiting the Museum Shop and Cafe this December.

   Museum Shop

   During December avail of our free gift wrapping service. Ask the shop staff for advice on choosing from a wide selection    of gifts in all price ranges including childrens' and specialist books, stationery, jewellery, textiles, Jerpoint Glass, Nicholas    Mosse Pottery, woodturned items, ceramics and much, much more.  Further details available from the Museum Shop on     094 90 31767 or e-mail: <>    

   Museum Café
   Enjoy your staff Christmas lunch in the unique atmosphere of the Museum Café at the National Museum of Ireland -    Country Life.  Specify your own group requirements and budget or choose from one of the Café's renowned Christmas    menus. Further details available from Maureen on 094 92 89972 or 086 1744076 or e-mail:

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


First Quarter - A Celebration of 25 years of the Irish Patchwork Society
The Irish Patchwork Society was established in June 1981 and this travelling exhibition First Quarter is a celebration of their achievements and work over the past quarter of a century. It consists of a selection of quilts and wall hangings    completed by members of the Society especially for this exhibition.

Michael Davitt 1846-1906 an exhibition to commemorate the life of the father of the Land League.
This exhibition, which was organised by Mayo County Library and Mayo County Library, will run in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar until December '06. 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.

Down Memory Lane - Childhood in the 1950s
Following its huge success in The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, this exhibition is now showing in Dublin at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. This exhibition illustrates childhood in the 1950s through objects from the Irish Folklife Collection. On your next trip to Dublin, you are invited to come along and take a trip Down Memory Lane.


May 2007

Féile na Tuaithe - A Celebration of Country Life Today

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May 2007.

Are you interested in taking part - we invite craft and food/organic producers to get in contact with us

Weekend-long celebration of Irish country life, featuring contemporary and traditional music, craft and country market products and family events. Suitable for all the family. Further information and booking forms available from the Marketing Dept. Tel: 094 90 31773; e-mail:

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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