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01/04/2014 - 01/05/2014
During opening hours
Temporary Exhibition - All ages
Turlough Park (Country Life)
Last chance to see this exhibition which firmly establishes the antiquity of our national game of hurling, with radio-carbon dated hurling balls from 800 years ago! See www.museum.ie for more information.

01/04/2014 - 30/04/2014
During Opening Hours
Drop-in Activity - Families
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
Drop into the family activity area and design some fabulous footwear! For inspiration put your best foot forward on a journey through some of the Museum’s galleries on a search for shoes, slippers and boots! Activities are free and materials are provided. Drop in activity, no booking required.

10/04/2014 - 31/12/2014
During opening hours
Temporary Exhibition - All Ages
Kildare Street (Archaeology)
The Battle of Clontarf was fought a thousand years ago - Good Friday (23rd April), 1014. The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is marking this anniversary with an exciting exhibition, officially opening from 10th April 2014. This ground-breaking exhibition will explode myths and present the evidence we have for what actually happened at Clontarf, what led up to the battle and what resulted from it. Viking and Irish weapons, typical of those used in the battle, will feature alongside hoards of precious silver objects and religious treasures. Much more recent artefacts will bring the story of Brian Boru and Clontarf right into modern times. Located on the first floor. Not wheelchair accessible.

12/04/2014 - 30/04/2014
During opening hours
Drop-in Activity - Ages 6-12
Kildare Street (Archaeology)
Win a private tour and object handling workshop for your family and two friends, as well as Viking loot worth 50 euro from the Museum shop’s new range of Viking products! To win simply drop in, pick up one of our ‘My Favourite Object’ activity sheets from Reception, and draw your favourite artefact from our Viking Exhibition, first floor. Two age categories, 6 - 8 yrs and 9 -12 yrs. Guardians don’t forget to leave your contact details on the entry! Not wheelchair accessible.

19/04/2014 - 20/04/2014
During opening hours
Historical Re-enactment - All ages
Kildare Street (Archaeology)
Visit the Museum stand at the Battle of Clontarf Festival at St Anne’s Park, D5, where Dublin City Council will stage the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment ever produced in Ireland. Please note this event takes place in St. Anne’s Park. Free admission. For information on access and times, go to www.brianborumillennium.ie or call 01 222 2327.

20/04/2014 - 20/04/2014
During opening hours
Drop-in Activity - Family
Turlough Park (Country Life)
Visit the Museum, fill out our Easter activity sheet and win a prize for the best drawn Easter egg or card design. No booking required.

20/04/2014 - 20/04/2014
3-4.30pm
Drop-in Activity - Families
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
Can you follow the trail and test your knowledge to find the golden egg? Complete the trail to receive an egg-cellent edible reward! No booking required.

24/04/2014 - 24/04/2014
11-12noon
Junior Activity - 3-6yrs accompanied by an adult
Turlough Park (Country Life)
Hear the story of the little red hen and friends in this interactive gallery session. Booking required.

24/04/2014 - 24/04/2014
12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm
Tour - Age 7 plus
Merrion Street (Natural History)
Join a tour to take a look at the World’s fastest animals as they spring in to action to break records on land, air and underwater. No booking required, not wheelchair accessible.

26/04/2014 - 26/04/2014
12- 12.30pm
Talk - Adults
Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History)
This weekend marks the centenary of the gun-running into Larne, Bangor and Donaghadee by the Ulster Volunteer Force, which was swiftly followed by the Howth gun-running in July 1914. The rifles and ammunition smuggled into Howth on board the yacht Asgard and into Kilcoole by Kelpie and Chotah would arm the Irish Volunteers in preparation for the 1916 Rising. Join Sandra Heise, curator of Historical Collections, for an illustrated talk describing these pivotal events in Irish history and their consequences. Please note that a special talk by Michael Kenny, Keeper Emeritus,entitled ’Understanding 1916’ follows at 12.40pm. Booking essential.

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