Exciting Exhibitions at The National Museum of Ireland this Autumn

Immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Co. Mayo.

New exhibition at the Museum of Country Life explores devastating Spanish Flu outbreak 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, what became known as the Spanish Flu, and related infections from pneumonia, claimed 23,000 lives and infected some 800,000 people in Ireland over a 12-month period (research by Dr Ida Milne ). Despite this devastating loss of life and the resulting chaos, the Spanish Flu in Ireland remained an under researched topic until the 21st century. Exciting work by scholars in recent years has managed to recover the story before it is too late. That work continues.

This September, join curator Noel Campbell for an illustrated talk detailing the local stories of personal loss and public service breakdown brought about by the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in County Mayo.

This is a free event but booking is required. Telephone 09490 31751 or email [email protected]. www.museum.ie

Coda at the Museum of Country Life for Culture Night 2018

Hugely popular singing group Coda will give a free performance in the unique setting of the exhibition galleries at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life to celebrate Culture Night 2018 on Friday, September 21.

As well as enjoying a special performance with Coda, visitors on the evening can also view two new temporary exhibitions - The Enemy Within, which commemorates the centenary of the devastating Spanish Flu outbreak from 1918 to 1919, and Travellers’ Journey, which celebrates Traveller life and traditions in the west of Ireland.

More information: https://www.museum.ie/Country-Life/Events-Projects/Enjoy-Coda-at-the-museum-for-Culture-Night-2018

New exhibition at the Museum of Country Life explores Traveller life and traditions

A new exhibition exploring Traveller life and traditions in the west of Ireland has opened at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, County Mayo.

Travellers’ Journey explores the rich culture, traditions and crafts of the west of Ireland Traveller community. The exhibition aims to encourage discussion and appreciation of the unique heritage and ethnicity of Travellers. Travellers’ Journey features objects, images and films that explore various elements of Traveller life, including craft and skills, home and nomadism, faith, belief and language. This temporary exhibition is co-curated with the Western Regional Traveller Health Network.

For more information, https://www.museum.ie/Corporate-Media/News/July-2018-(1 )/President-launches-new-exhibition-exploring-Travel

Discover the National Museum of Ireland on your doorstep …..

Visit Turlough Park House at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. This striking Victorian Gothic mansion dates to 1865 and overlooks 39 acres of Victorian gardens, parkland, woodland and ornamental lake. There are three restored rooms open to the public and admission is free.

Visit www.museum.ie/country-life for further information.

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