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.
Go to the Folklife collections list