Féile na Tuaithe – Turlough Park returns to the National Museum of Ireland after a 3-year break.
It is with great delight that the National Museum of Ireland - Turlough Park announces the return of the hugely popular Féíle na Tuaithe.
This renowned 2-day free family festival returns to the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May 2014.
Féile na Tuaithe attracts approximately 20,000 visitors over the two days. With something to offer visitors of all ages (including young children), it is an ideal event at which to while away a few hours with family members both young and old. Each day has different programme highlights so many visitors come along and enjoy both days of the event.
New and Favourite Features
The refreshed and updated programme of events will have many new elements but some of the old Féile favourites will return including:
- A variety of craft demonstrations and workshops
- Horticultural area
- Working dogs
- Photo competition (Enter your photo here)
- Children’s activities
- Musical entertainment
- Gallery-based events.
The tented food area will also return but this part of the programme is currently undergoing a total change from the 2011 programme. A full programme of events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bringing Families Together
Féile na Tuaithe - Turlough Park is a natural extension of the Museum of Country Life’s purpose of bringing families together to enjoy quality time and learn about the traditions of bygone days.
Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, said,
“I am delighted that the National Museum of Ireland through its Country Life Branch is able to bring Féile na Tuaithe back to Turlough Park this year after a gap of three years.
I’m particularly grateful to Mayo County Council for their collaboration – without their support, this would not be possible. If the Museum of Country Life is very much about the lives of ordinary people in rural Ireland in the relatively recent past, Féile na Tuaithe links traditional and contemporary craft practices.
It is an extension of the Museum’s remit to bring the craft dimension of the lives of our recent ancestors to public attention in an enjoyable and family-friendly way.”
Mayo County Manager, Peter Hynes stated
“Mayo County Council welcomes the re-establishment of a major national event which celebrates rural life. We look forward to working with the National Museum of Ireland and all of the other stakeholders to make this a significant success which will become an annual feature in the national calendar”.
Find food and craft stall exhibitor information.
For any other questions, please contact:
Lisa Fahy, Project Co-ordinator, Féile 2014
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Tel: +353 (0)94 90 31775, ext. 381.
Féile na Tuaithe is kindly supported by the following organisations: