A new exhibition entitled “Our Irish Chair:Tradition Revisted “ has opened at the National Museum of Ireland Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, and displays a group of Irish chairs, which have been collected by the Museum for almost a century, and are now on display together for the first time. 

It considers the place of the ‘Tuam’ or ‘Sligo’ chair in the story of Irish design down through the decades.

Launched today, the exhibition sees the National Museum of Ireland’s full collection of 16 distinctive, three-legged chairs, on public display.

Admission to the Museum is free of charge.

Lynn Scariff is the Director of the National Museum of Ireland and Rosa Meehan is the Curator at the National Museum Turlough and they told Midwest News more about the new exhibition…

While Tom Dowd, of Kilconly, Tuam  is a skilled craftsman who has been making the Tuam/ Sligo Chair for decades and he was at the opening of the exhibition in Turlough and spoke to Midwest News. He told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley how long he has been making the traditional three-legged chair…