Working on the Land & Water

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


Farmers and their families worked throughout the year to grow food and collect fuel. They had to organise their lives around the changing seasons, ensuring that every task was completed despite the unpredictability of weather and health.

These tasks included managing livestock, cultivating potatoes and cereals, and the cutting and saving of turf. Sea and fresh water fishing were also important.

This exhibition explores these activities and deals with the various trades that supported them.

Farming

Farming

Read about traditional Irish farming methods, including rearing livestock, growing crops and using tools.

The Farming Year

The Farming Year

See how a traditional Irish farming family's time was organised around monthly tasks associated with the land.

Irish Traditional Agriculture FAQs

Irish Traditional Agriculture FAQs

Learn more about the traditional equipment and practice of Irish agriculture

Fishing

Fishing

Discover the methods used by traditional Irish anglers and freshwater fishermen.

Irish Fishing and Hunting Collection FAQs

Irish Fishing and Hunting Collection FAQs

Learn more about traditional methods of fishing and hunting in Ireland

Further Reading

Further Reading

Explore traditional Irish farming and fishing methods with this reading list.