Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Project - ND

Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Project - ND

Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Project, CLIC, focuses on all aspects of archaeology on island

Research Symposium Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group – RSAI 01/11/2019

Research Symposium Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group – RSAI Research Symposium Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology GroupDate: 8 Nov 2019Location: Helen Roe Theatre, Society House, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2This seminar has been organised to present on-going archaeological research on the post-medieval period in Ireland. The invited speakers are all members of I...


DYK: Hallowe'en was also known as ‘ghost night’ or ‘spirit night’ and the souls of the dead were expected to return to the family home. All Soul’s Day for remembering the Faithfully Departed is on November 2nd. There was a belief that evil spirits were about on Hallowe’en so people avoided travelling alone on this night for fear of abduction. Fairy mounds, trees or forts were avoided. People who had to travel on the night often took with them a black-handled knife or a steel needle.

Candles were placed in windows. Carved turnips were popular for turning into scary lanterns for walking with or placing in windowsills. The pumpkin that is prevalent today is an American development of this idea.

The Museum of Country Life, at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo has an exhibition on Irish customs and traditions with a section dedicated to Samhain - an important seasonal marker for our rural ancestors and the predecessor of the modern Hallowe’en festival we know today.

Happy Hallowe'en!


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Careers and Recruitment 03/10/2019

Careers and Recruitment Information about internships and current vacancies with the National Museum of Ireland


An autumn long ago...a lovely watercolour of Clifden in Co Galway, in 1844


Don't forget, the 2nd of October is the first Wednesday of the month and it is therefore FREE entry to all OPW Heritage sites*.

For a full list of site and T&Cs please visit…/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Free…

*Please note that free admission on the first Wednesday of each month is no longer applicable at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Castle, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Clonmacnoise.


Stop by tomorrow at 1pm for a free guided tour of our beautiful building which includes a visit to our iconic Reading Room. It's free and no booking necessary - we'd love to see you there!

September Events at the National Library of Ireland 30/08/2019

September Events at the National Library of Ireland On Monday 23 September at 10am,  join keynote speaker Matthew Burgess, Digital Collections Analyst at the State Library of New South Wales, and Irish photographers, curators and preservers for a discussion on the need for preservation of 21st century photography and how we need to work together t...

Wonderful Western Islanders - IFI Player 10/08/2019

Wonderful Western Islanders - IFI Player This short documentary depicts the lives of the inhabitants of Aran Mór off the coast of Galway in 1924. This short film, made about ten years before Flaherty’s epic Man of Aran, is probably the earliest surviving film of the islands. It presents a multi-faceted portrait of island life showing lo...


If you are in Bofin (or are going to be in before October) this exhibition is a must see. Marie Coyne has a way of capturing the beauty in the everyday and everything. Heart and soul in all her work


Join us next Thursday 1st August for a public tour of our award-winning exhibition on the life and work of William Butler no booking required, just come along at 1pm. We hope to see you there!


Summer School
Next month, over two consecutive weekends beginning August 24th, from 10am to 1pm, we will be holding a free ‘Summer School’ on the history, folklore, and culture of the region. More details to follow...
Our sincere thanks to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for their support.

Anne Rabbitte TD Ciaran Cannon Sean Canney TD Jimmy McClearn Ivan Canning Federation of Local History Societies G.A.H.S. The Heritage Council History Ireland Visit Portumna


Thanks Ian Kuijt for this early morning shot of the Doonmore.


All 4 of our are open/oscailte today and ! Pop in and see for yourself! Opening hours here:


Join us tomorrow at 2pm for a fun children's workshop to explore the ancient art of heraldry & design your own imagined coat of arms! You can book on [email protected] and you'll find more info here:

Timeline photos 15/04/2019

Our new exhibition “Purpose and Portrayal: Early Irish Maps and Mapping” opens this Friday. Here’s a taster of what our curator has chosen from our collection…

Anthropomorphic maps depict land masses in human forms. They became increasingly popular in the mid-19th century when they were produced as entertainment but often also made some sort of political or nationalistic statement, determined by the look of the map and the way in which the people in it were portrayed. This map of Ireland was published in a series of caricature maps drawn by Lilian Lancaster and later published as postcards. It shows Ireland as raggedy ‘Paddy’ smoking a clay pipe and wielding a shillelagh, with a pig at his feet. The north-east is depicted by what looks like a golden harp, but on closer inspection resembles a linen bleach green framed by merfolk, a reference perhaps to the importance in the region of the linen industry and maritime trade.

Photos from Inishbofin Heritage Museum & Gift Shop's post 31/01/2019
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