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Minister Deenihan welcomes over 1 Million Visitors to the National Museum of Ireland in 2013

Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, today welcomed the announcement by the National Museum of Ireland that over one million visitors have been attracted to its four sites in Dublin and Mayo so far this year.

This is the third consecutive year in which the Museum has attracted over 1 million visitors, confirming yet again that it is the most visited of our National Cultural Institutions.

Minister Deenihan said,

“The National Museum of Ireland is one of our greatest national assets and plays a significant role in defining who we are as a nation. It is the first port of call for visitors from home and abroad wishing to learn about our past.

The fact that over one million visitors have passed through its galleries for the third year in succession is testament to the growing public interest in culture and to the importance of continuing to invest in our cultural infrastructure.

I commend the Museum and its staff for their work over the years in this regard”.

Marking the Occasion

To mark the occasion, the Minister presented the millionth visitor to the National Museum of Ireland with an exclusive sterling silver pendant and cufflinks designed by Breda Haugh based on a Late Bronze Age Gold Ribbon Torc found in Co. Antrim from the Museum Gift shop.

The Director of the National Museum, Raghnall Ó Floinn, welcomed the news, stating:

“We are delighted to have welcomed over 1 million visitors to our 4 sites for the third year in succession. Indeed, this is a record achievement which would be the envy of many visitor attractions worldwide.

The National Museum of Ireland continues to play a key role in the cultural life of the country in attracting visitors both at home and abroad to our three museums in Dublin dealing with archaeology, natural history and decorative arts and history and to the Museum of Country Life in Mayo.

I would like to take this opportunity to pay particular tribute to our staff in contributing to this fantastic achievement.”

This significant visitor attendance can be attributed to the Museum’s popularity among visitors from home and abroad: our many exhibitions and galleries tell the rich story of Ireland, from prehistoric bog bodies to Ireland’s involvement in the United Nations and from giant Irish deer to life in rural Ireland in times gone by.

In addition, entrance to the Museum is free, which means that the collections can be seen and appreciated by all.

Visitors can also enjoy our Museum shops where they will find that unique gift or memento from their visit. Some of our merchandise is exclusive to the Museum and is inspired by our unique collections.

For more Press Information contact:

Ann Daly, Head of Marketing, Marketing Department

T: 01 648 6457 | M: 087 2368067 | E: adaly@museum.ie

Maureen Gaule, Marketing Executive, Marketing Department, Dublin

T: 01 648 6429 | M: 087 9031690| E: mgaule@museum.ie

Susan O’Mahony, Retail Manager, Marketing Department, Dublin,

T: 01 6486 471| E: somahony@museum.ie

Notes to the Editor:

Gifts presented by the Minister to the Millionth Visitor were;

Sterling Silver Torc Cufflinks

These sterling silver cufflinks are part of our exclusive Torc Collection of Jewellery. The inspiration for this design comes from the Bronze Age Gold on display at The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology.

Sterling Silver Long Torc Pendant

The inspiration for this pendant comes from the Bronze Age Collection at the National Museum of Ireland – Archeology which holds the largest and most important collections of Bronze Age Gold in Western Europe. This piece is a part of a limited range of Jewellery.

The above are available in either 14ct or 18ct gold. Please contact shop@museum.ie for further details.

Images available on request

Paul Sherwood – Photographer paul@sherwood.ie 0872309096

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