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Celebrating fright season at the National Museum of Ireland

'Spooktacular' programme of free events this Hallowe'en across three museum sites 


(Image: Traditional Hallowe'een masks from the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.)

The National Museum of Ireland has a great programme of free events taking place at three museums in Dublin and Mayo to celebrate all things frightful and spooky this Hallowe'en.

Here are five great workshops, talks and activities to enjoy at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7; the Museum of Archaelogy, Kildare Street, Dublin 2; and the Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 

1. Spooky Stories

Join storyteller Philip Byrne for some spooky Hallowe'en stories on Tuesday, October 31, from 2.30 to 3.30pm at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History. Dressing-up encouraged! No booking required for this family event. 

2. The Wonders of the Irish Wake

Hear from BAFTA winning writer Kevin Toolis on the age-old tradtion of the Irish wake on Tuesday, October 31, from 3 to 4pm. Kevin is the best-selling author of My Father's Wake, a moving account of the death and wake of his father and an exploration of the wider history and significance of the Irish wake. Suitable for adults and children aged 12 years plus. Booking required. Find out more.

3. Valhalla'ween: Viking Raven Masks 

Learn about Norse mythology, the beliefs and the celebrations of the Vikings at this time of year. Then make your own spooky raven mask at this drop-in activity at the Museum of Archaeology on Tuesday, October 31, from 11.30am to 1.30pm. Suitable for children aged eight years plus. Telephone (01) 6486453 or email bookings@museum.ie.

4. Shadow Puppet Workshops

Make your own puppets and perform your own shadow puppet show with artist Phil Stewart at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History on Wednesday, November 1, from 2.30 to 4pm. Booking required. Telephone (01) 6486453 or email bookings@museum.ie.There is also a puppet workshop taking place at the Museum of Country Life on Thursday, November 2, with artist Carmel Balfe. Booking required. Find out more.

5. Turnips, masks and conkers

Explore the Hallowe'en traditions and customs of our rural ancestors from carved turnips to horse hair masks, colcannon and conkers, at the Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo. View some truly strange and spooky objects on display in the Hallowe'en exhibtion on Level C. Find out more.

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