Headline: Ancient humans brought red deer to Ireland (
The origin of most Irish animals is uncertain and one of the most iconic species, the red deer is most controversial: was this species native or introduced? In a new study that will be published online on 30th March 2012 in the scientific journal Quaternary Science Reviews, a multinational team of researchers from Ireland, Austria, UK and USA have answered this question. By comparing DNA from ancient bone specimens to DNA obtained from modern animals, the researchers discovered that the Kerry red deer are the direct descendants of deer present in Ireland 5000 years ago.
Rhinoceros horn in the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (
The National Museum of Ireland has taken the regrettable decision to remove all rhinoceros horn from exhibition. Rhino horn is being poached in the wild at an increasing rate and thieves have stolen horns from exhibits in a number of museums in the last year. This increased risk to specimens on display in the Natural History Museum has been tackled by the removal of trophy heads from exhibition and the removal of horns from the large pieces of taxidermy on open display. These will be replaced by replica horns.
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION FOR POST-PRIMARY STUDENTS (
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is inviting secondary school students to enter a photography competition, ‘Power & Privilege Today.’
Closing date for receipt of entries is 25 May 2012.
THE OUGHTERARD CULTURE & HERITAGE GROUP: RECENT WINNERS AT THE GALWAY CO. HERITAGE AWARDS (
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar extends best wishes to the Oughterard Culture & Heritage Group who were recent runners-up in the Galway County Heritage Awards.
Landowner Prosecuted for Destruction of Ring Fort in Co. Kerry (
A landowner was sentenced today, 2 March 2012, on charges arising from the destruction of a ring fort on his land at Clashmelcon, Causeway, Co Kerry. Mr John O’Mahony was fined €25,000 at a sitting of Tralee Circuit Criminal Court before Mr Justice Carroll Moran.
POWER & PRIVILEGE TODAY (
POWER & PRIVILEGE TODAY: A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION FOR POST-PRIMARY STUDENTS
The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life challenges secondary students to capture the image that they think best conveys the idea of ‘Power & Privilege Today’ in 2012. Is it a big house, a new car, or the latest pair of trainers -or is it something more subtle? Closing date 25 May '12.
Tribute paid to Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director of National Museum of Ireland (
Dr. John O’Mahony, S.C., Chairman, on behalf of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland has paid a very high tribute to Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland who retires today, Wednesday, February, 29th.
Book Launch: Breaking Ground, Finding Graves – reports on the excavations of burials by the National Museum of Ireland, 1927 – 2006 (
Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, is pleased to announce the launch of a new book titled Breaking Ground, Finding Graves – reports on the excavations of burials by the National Museum of Ireland, 1927 – 2006.
Forgotten Object - Children's Competition (
Forgotten Objects Children's Competition at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Closing date for receipt of entries 23 March '12. An entry form, signed by a teacher, must accompany each work.
Over 1 Million Visitors to The National Museum of Ireland in 2011 (
The total visitor figures to the 4 sites of the National Museum of Ireland for 2011 is 1,096,027 which was not only a 10% increase on 2010 but also the highest figure ever for visits to the Museum. The reasons for this increase were public programming, the exhibitions and galleries but also Free Admission which given the current economic climate, means everyone can visit the museum regardless of income.
Christmas at the National Museum of Ireland (
If you are visiting Dublin or Mayo over the festive period, why not consider taking a step back in time and spend a day exploring the National Museum of Ireland’s four sites.
Book Launch: The Albert Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland (
Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, is pleased to announce the launch of a new book titled “The Albert Bender Collection of Asian Art in the National Museum of Ireland”.
NEW EXHIBITION (
Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will officially open a new exhibition titled Reconstructed Rooms : Four Centuries of Furnishings on Thursday, 10th November at 5.00 p.m. at the National Museum of Ireland – Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.
Over 1 Million Visitors to The National Museum of Ireland (
Dr. Patrick Wallace, Director, National Museum of Ireland, has welcomed the achievement of over 1 million visitors so far this year. This represents an increase of 10% on the total visitor numbers to the Museum in 2010. This is in keeping with the increase in travel figures which show an increase of 10% of visitors to Ireland in the first nine months of 2011.
Moving Statues at the National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks (
Roll up, roll up to Collins Barracks this weekend!(18th/19th November) We’re hosting a show called ‘Moving Statues’, which is the culmination of a community project with North Inner City Dublin school Larkin Community College, the Lourdes Day Care Centre and theatre director Mikel Murfi.
Community Archive Network Launch (
Safe Secrets: The Story of the Coggalbeg Hoard (
Learning and Creativity at the National Museum of Ireland: Responding to Educational Needs (
The Treasury - Celtic and Irish Christian Ireland (
Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will officially open a new exhibition The Treasury – Celtic and Early Christian Ireland on Tuesday, evening 7th June at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare St, D2.
Dickie Bird (
Learn more about Dickie Bird, a horse that served in the Crimean War in 1854 with the 5th Dragoon Guards and whose bones were found by archaeologists in Dublin at Clancy Barracks now on display at the National Museum of Ireland.