Discovered in county Sligo in the mid-nineteenth century among the Rathbarran grave goods and transferred to the Science and Art Museum in 1890, it has been suggested that this most unusual disc might be a lunar disc.
These two harps were carved from the shoulder blades of an animal. They were carved by Irish Republican POWs interned in the Curragh, Co. Kildare, 1923.
The “Fassaroe Natural History Collection” was bequeathed to the National Museum of Ireland in October 1916 following the death of R.M. Barrington in 1915.
This specimen was once thought to represent the earliest life on Earth.
The bittern was a common bird in Ireland until the mid-19th century. It used to live here all year round but is a rare winter visitor nowadays.
A nineteenth century example of an Irish musical instrument.
This photograph album tells the story of Dublin brothers Thomas, a professional soldier in the British Army, and Joseph McEnroe, a volunteer who enlisted in 1916. Their combined service covered the war years from 1914 to 1919.
A ceremonial drinking vessel with body and handles crafted from one piece of wood.
The elephant bird is an extinct species of large flightless bird, which once inhabited the island of Madagascar.
A 19th century Flax Clove, known in Irish as a Tlú Lín.
A late 17th Century harp, stated to have belonged to Turlough O’Carolan, the Irish Bard.
What can one small object tell us about status and industry in prehistoric society?
A beautifully preserved fossil crinoid dating from the Silurian period, 443 to 416 million years ago.
A look at two simple tin objects made by Mickey Doherty in the 1950s, a well-known Donegal traveller and musician.
A richly illustrated deck of Italian Tarot cards, made in the 19th century.
A piece of sandstone from Scrabo, Co. Down, and the vanished world it represents.
A Possible Iron Age Anthropomorphic Stone Carving from Trabolgan, Co. Cork
The story of how a hoard of silver jewellery became associated with the “Tara” brooch is a curious one.
This apple snail was collected in Paraguay in the 19th century.
The nineteenth century clay pipe business of the McGuigan family of Broughderg, Co. Tyrone.
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