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Discover folk-themed exhibitions representing traditional ways of life in rural Ireland since 1850.


The Hoard and the Sword

The Hoard and the Sword

Echoes of the Vikings in Mayo

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Straw, Hay & Rushes

Straw, Hay & Rushes

People in rural Ireland used to grow materials for everyday items like rush saddles, baskets, beehives, chairs & mattresses.

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Romance and Reality

Romance and Reality

Discover how the Irish state's 20th century collection and recording of folklore has resulted in the Irish Folklife Collection.

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The Natural Environment

The Natural Environment

See how rural Ireland and its people traditionally used natural materials to create practical tools and solve everyday problems.

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The Times: Rural Ireland, 1850-1950

The Times: Rural Ireland, 1850-1950

How did rural people react to the Land War, Home Rule & the post-Famine period? Explore political, economic & social history of Ireland 1850-1950.

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Hearth and Home

Hearth and Home

Explore life in traditional Irish homes in the past with information on feeding, furnishing and clothing families.

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Working on the Land & Water

Working on the Land & Water

How did rural Irish people hunt, grow & eat in the past? Explore the history of Ireland's farmers & fishermen.

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Life in the Community

Life in the Community

Explore how rural and traditional Irish communities have celebrated seasonal festivals with traditional crafts and practices.

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Trades and Crafts

Trades and Crafts

Discover how traditional craftsmen used their skills and tools to create everyday objects, often from local raw materials.

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Cycling the Country

Cycling the Country

This new exhibition explores the history and developments in design of the bicycle.

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