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Be our guest for Bealtaine 2019

Six great events to enjoy this Bealtaine at the museum

01 May 2019, Throughout May (various dates and times), Turlough Park (Country Life).

Audience: Adults   |   Event Type: Open Day

The museum is delighted to take part once again in Bealtaine - the annual celebration each May of the arts and creativity as we age. Here are six great events to enjoy this Bealtaine at the museum.

1. Mayo Day celebrations

The museum is the venue for Mayo County Council’s flagship event for this year’s Mayo Day on May 4 from 12noon to 6pm. The spectacular grounds of Turlough Park will be filled with free, family entertainment on the day, including live music, a food village, a Mayo craft and design showcase, an exhibition of Mayo art, a writer’s corner with readings, craft workshops for all ages, water sports on the lake and multi-cultural showcases. Free shuttle buses will run from Castlebar Library to Turlough Park from 11.30am to 6.30pm on the day. Admission is free. No booking required.

2. Mapping and recording local graveyards

Sign up for a free, one-day course all about modern methods of graveyard mapping and recording memorial inscriptions, taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 11. Demonstrations will include photographic methods of enhancing weathered or worn inscriptions using low cost and open source software. The archaeology and history of Turlough Graveyard will also be discussed in terms of how modern mapping and recording methods could be applied. This is a free event but booking is essential. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or email the Bookings Office on educationtph@museum.ie.

3. Choral performance

Enjoy a choral performance at 2.30pm on Friday, May 24, in the Courtyard Gallery at the Museum (next to the café), as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival. From Indiana, USA, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals are a women’s chamber choir and have toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe. This is a unique opportunity to hear them perform in a lovely setting. Admission is free. No booking required.

4. Travellers’ Journey

There are just a few days left to see the exhibition Travellers’ Journey, on display at the museum until May 6. This fascinating exhibition explores the distinct culture, crafts and traditions of Travellers in the west of Ireland. Co-curated with Traveller organisations, the exhibition features objects, images and films exploring themes of craft and skills, home and nomadism, faith, belief and language. Find out more

5. Meet the Crafters

Meet the crafters on Saturday, May 25, at two open sessions with the talented Connacht Textile Crafters, looking at fabric embellishment techniques. Techniques will include felting, crochet, knitting and embroidery. The open sessions take place from 11.30am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 4pm. The Connacht Textile Crafters work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques. This is a free drop-in activity with no booking required.

6. Electric Irish Homes Open Day

Come along to an open day from 2 to 4pm on Thursday, May 30, showcasing an exciting textile project exploring the impact of rural electrification on Irish housewives in the 1950s and '60s.The project is called the ‘Electric Irish Homes Textile Project’ and is inspired by a major upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, called Kitchen Power: Women's Experiences of Rural Electrification. Meet the project participants and see their work; enjoy a talk by Dr Sorcha O’Brien, Kingston University, on women's experiences of rural electrification; view a short documentary about the ‘Electric Irish Homes Textile Project’; and hear from Tara Byrne of Age and Opportunity about Creativity in Older Age. Find out more