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.
Read about traditional Irish farming methods, including rearing livestock, growing crops and using tools.
See how a traditional Irish farming family's time was organised around monthly tasks associated with the land.
Learn more about the traditional equipment and practice of Irish agriculture
Discover the methods used by traditional Irish anglers and freshwater fishermen.
Learn more about traditional methods of fishing and hunting in Ireland
Explore traditional Irish farming and fishing methods with this reading list.