National Museum Country Life Turlough

  • A 15-year master plan for the National Museum of Ireland has been launched this week by the Minister for Culture & Heritage Josepha Madigan.

    “Connecting our Past and our Future 2018-2032”  sets out a roadmap for the National Museum of Ireland over the next 15 years, with a masterplan for each of the 4 museum sites – including the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar.

    In relation to the Turlough museum, the plan is to develop the site as a museum of Ireland’s social history, rather than continuing to focus on life in rural Ireland.

    Exhibition spaces will be upgraded and expanded, while the site will also be developed to include additional parking facilities, and to provide greater connectivity within the site to the various Museum buildings.

  • A new book celebrating Traveller culture and identity-, which was written by Mayo children, will be launched tomorrow at the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar.

    The book was compiled by pupils of Scoil Íosa and Scoil Pádraig national schools in Ballina, as well as young people using the services of the Involve youth project in Ballina.

    "This Giant Tent" is the title of the book which was developed in response to an exhibition currently on display at the Turlough museum called Travellers Journey, and it explores Traveller culture and identity from the child's perspective.

    This is the latest in a range of books published by Kids' Own Publishing Partnership, based in Sligo, which is the only dedicated publisher of books by children in Ireland.

  • The details of an exhibition honouring the victims of the Magdalene laundries will be revealed later.

    It will form part of the flagship temporary exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland for 2019.

    The exhibitions will span the museum's four sites in Dublin and one in Mayo.

    New Director, Lynn Scarff, says some exhibitions over the next few months will provide exclusive content:

  • The National Museum of Ireland has revealed highlights of its programme of activities for 2019.

    Among the events confirmed are 5 temporary exhibitions this year and one of those is due to be based in the National Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar.

    Kitchen Power: Women’s experiences of rural electrification will run from July 2019 to May 2020.

    The exhibition will look at the impact of rural electrification and in particular the effect of it on women in Irish homes in the 1950s and 1960s, in terms of changing the physical environment of the home, as domestic electrical products were introduced and used in rural areas.

    The Principal Investigator for the project is Dr Sorcha O’Brien of Kingston School of Art, who will curate the exhibition in partnership with Noel Campbell of the National Museum of Country Life.

  • The National Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar is opening on Mondays from now on.

    From last Monday 22nd October, all four sites of the National Museum will open from 1-5 pm on Monday afternoons, which means the Museum will now be open 7 days per week.

    The only two days the Museum will be closed are Christmas Day and Good Friday.


  • It's 100 years since the Spanish Flu raged through Ireland, claiming an estimated 23,000 lives and infecting some 800,000 people across the country over a 12-month period.

    To mark the centenary of the pandemic, the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar will open a new temporary exhibition next week.

    On Tuesday evening next at 7pm, Noel Campbell - Curator with the National Museum of Country Life - will give a talk at the Museum focusing on the devastating impact of the Spanish Flu in Mayo.

    This is the first of a series of talks he will give across the country in relation to the Spanish Flu.

  • The National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, CAstlebar is the venue for a national seminar and discussion on Traveller Culture and Heritage on Saturday week next, Feb. 23rd.

    The event takes place between 2 and 5pm on Saturday afternoon and all are welcome.

    It will be chaired by Senator Colette Kelleher and includes a panel discussion by representatives of Traveller groups from across the country.

    They will give an insight on the tradition and contemporary Traveller culture.

    Hugh Friel of the Donegal Traveller group is among the participants and he told Midwest News more about what it means to be a traveler in Ireland today.

    I am Traveller: our history and heritagetakes place at the National Museum of Country Life Turlough, Castlebar on Saturday afternoon, Feb 23rd.