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A sheep-dip from Cortial, Co. Louth

My mother is never far from my mind on these visits

A few days after the Museum of Country Life opened for the first time, I visited it with my mother who was visiting me in Mayo for the weekend.  We were very impressed by the museum but imagine my mother’s delight at seeing an object that her family had donated to the National Museum many years previously.

R-L Anna Marie Dowling, her mother Anna and Uncle Jack Clarke with the sheep dip now on display at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.

My mother was born in 1930, one of ten children on a farm in Cortial, Kilcurly, Co. Louth.  The pink sheep dip on Level C was owned by her family and was used to dip the sheep.  Over 30 years ago a photo was taken of my uncle, my mother and I standing by this dip in the barn at Cortial.  We still have this photo though my sister and I are in our late 40s now.  Sadly, my uncle died in the early 1990s and my mother passed away in 2011, aged 80 years.  I will always remember the stories she recounted of a very happy childhood on the farm in Co. Louth.

Perhaps it is these that have influenced me to make my home in the more rural environment of Co. Mayo, having been raised in Dublin. I always find it a pleasure to visit the museum here in Turlough.  My mother is never far from my mind on these visits.

Anna Marie, Castlebar, Co. Mayo