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Folklife Collections

Find out about tradtional life in Ireland through the Museum's Folklife Collections


The Irish Folklife division was formally established in 1974 and is, as a result, the 'youngest' of the four collecting divisions of the National Museum of Ireland.

However, the collection of Folklife objects goes back to the Museum's earliest years. The simple, but effective, collecting policy at that time was to gather objects illustrating the domestic life of times that had passed away more or less recently. The first major Folklife exhibition by the Museum went on display in Kildare Street in 1937.

In 2001, the Folklife division gained a new home at Turlough Park House outside Castlebar, Co. Mayo, when the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life became its new home. Most of the Folklife collections were moved there, although some still remain stored in Daingean in Co. Offaly.

Folklife Collections List

Folklife Collections List

Browse the Folklife Collection list by theme and related exhibitions

Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Museum staff working with the Folklife Collections

Folklife Research Services

Folklife Research Services

Find out about the services offered by the Museum's Folklife Collections

Folklife Stores at Daingean

Folklife Stores at Daingean

Find out about the Irish Folklife collections store in Daingean, Co. Offaly

Folklife Collections FAQs

Folklife Collections FAQs

Read our most frequently asked questions about the Folklife Collections