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Sharing lesser known objects from #Clothing to #Pride

With over four million objects in our care, it is no surprise that the possibilities seem endless when selecting lesser known but fascinating objects to share

In recent weeks, the museum has been sharing some of our 'lesser known' but fascinating objects on social media.

With the world's greatest collection of material related to Irish culture and history, and over four million objects in our care, it is no surprise that the possibilities seem endless when selecting which lesser known objects to share.

So we will be posting under various themes over the coming weeks from clothing to Pride, electricity to coins. Take a look at some of our selections for #ClothingHistory below.

Our next theme is #Pride, starting on June 20 and coinciding with Dublin Pride celebrations and the new Rainbow Revolution initiative at the museum to share objects related to LGBTQI+ history and culture in Ireland.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see our #Pride objects.



Soft cowhide slippers from the 1940s known as Pampooties or bróga urléir were traditionally worn by men and women in the Aran Islands. Pampooties lasted for about a month to six weeks, depending on the quality of the hide. They were worn for work on the beach, the rocks and while cutting seaweed.

You will notice a portion free form string on each side of the shoe. This is to allow bending of the instep when walking. Shoes get hard and dry with use, and are dipped in water to restore flexibility and were often painted with blue-stone (copper sulphate) on the inside to preserve the hide for longer use.

Balbriggan Hosiery

  Balbriggan Hosiery

The town of Balbriggan in north county Dublin became synonymous with quality hosiery such as those pictured here, while Irish lace and crochet were internationally renowned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The stockings pictured are hand beaded and embroidered silk stockings made by Smyth and Co. in Balbriggan, c. 1890 – 1900. 'Made in Ireland' is stamped on the sole of both along with a 'Real Balbriggan' trademark.

 11th century imported silk

11th century imported silk

Gormlaith is a powerful female figure in the Battle of Clontarf story, with a remarkable network of relationships to all the main characters in the battle.

Mother of Sitric, King of Dublin, ex-wife of Brian Boru and sister of Mael Mórda, King of Leinster, she was also married at one stage to Máel Sechnaill, King of Tara.

This imported silk, found in 11th-century levels at Fishamble Street in Dublin, would have been extremely valuable and worn as a head-covering by high-status women such as Gormlaith.

Youghal Lace

Youghal Lace

This court train was made at Presentation Convent, Youghal, for Queen Mary, when crowned Empress of India, 1911. The train was commissioned by a group of Belfast women and the order was placed by the department store Robinson and Cleaver. This photo probably shows the train on display in Robinson and Cleaver’s Regent Street branch before being sent to Buckingham Palace.

James Connolly's vest

James Connolly's vest

This vest worn by James Connolly during the 1916 Rising bears bloodstains marking the wounds he received during that week. The vest, along with the shirt he wore over it, was returned to his family after his execution.