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A Question of Love at the National Museum of Ireland

In the spirit of Saint Valentine, embark on a romantic journey through the ages and take an affectionate look at all things governed by the heart at the National Museum of Ireland.

Ramble down memory lane in the Museum sites in Collins Barracks and Turlough Park, Castlebar and see how love was expressed in days gone by. Friendship rings, wedding gowns and gloves, scent bottles with hidden secrets, all await your admiring glances.

While at the Museum, why not share a coffee and a tasty treat in the Museum cafés or when looking for a gift for a loved one, visit the Museum shops where many charming gifts are available, including a silver Harvest Love Knot lapel pin for only €15. Museum shops are also offering 15% off jewellery from Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th February

Admission is free.

Notes to Editor

Details for:

• National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

• National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

The following are on display in the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.

• Harvest Knot or Love Token. Traditionally these knots were made from straw to give to a loved one.

• Items on display in the permanent collections include:

• Wedding rings in The Way We Wore – Jewellery gallery

• Wedding gowns in The Way We Wore – Clothing gallery.

• A bronze figure of Venus and Cupid in the Out of Storage collection.

• A hair hurling ball in Curator’s Choice – in times past, these balls were made as tokens of affection by both newly married and young single women of the community and presented as gifts to the young hurlers for Mayday hurling contests.

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

• Harvest Knot or Love Token. Traditionally these knots were made from straw to give to a loved one.

• Traditional Wedding dress

• Traditionally in Ireland, between now and Shrove Tuesday it was a time for weddings. The courting usually started in earnest at Lúnasa with the harvesting work. Harvest knots were exchanged as love tokens. The match-making continued through the winter with Halloween rings and superstitions.

For further press information please contact:

• Dublin: Maureen Gaule, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 01 - 648 6429 E-Mail: mgaule@museum.ie

• Turlough Park, Castlebar: Bernie Byron, Marketing Department, National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 094 903 1773 E-Mail: bbyron@museum.ie

 
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