Hearth and Home

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


Almost all daily activities were centred around the hearth. The hearth had to be kept in good working order to cook food, clean and dry clothes, and do handwork by firelight.

This exhibition deals with building, maintaining and furnishing a house. It also explores feeding and clothing the family and the various activities associated with these processes including trades, craftsmen and craftswomen.

Feeding the Family

Feeding the Family

Learn how traditional Irish families grew, hunted and foraged for their food.

Clothing the Family

Clothing the Family

Read about how Irish families bought and made their clothing, and about the wool and linen that traditional clothes were made from.