The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life welcomed its one millionth visitor last Thursday. That visitor was Bernadette Ferreira, aged three years, from Derry, who was visiting with her parents, Bernadette and Libanio, and her brothers Jerome (four ) and Dominic (13 months ).
Museum staff were on hand to welcome the visitors and a presentation was made to Bernadette and her family to mark the occasion.
Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport, congratulated all involved with the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life on reaching a significant milestone of one million visitors. “This is a huge success for the museum in Connacht, as it is the only branch of NMI outside Dublin city and shows that having the right attractions in the most appropriate setting will prove hugely popular with tourists and Irish visitors alike,” the Minister said.
“The Museum of Country Life provides a wonderful opportunity to step back into the rural way of times gone past. Showcasing as it does the beautiful, traditional, costumes of the islanders from our off shore islands on the most western part of Europe, along with the primitive utensils used by farmers and farriers of the past, all combine to make a visit to the Country Life Museum an educational must for people of all ages and traditions. This museum has gone from strength to strength and is very much a partnership from all involved. The fact that our cultural institutions are free to visit make them all popular attractions and offer visitors a very memorable experience.”