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2pm to 3pm, Saturday, 11 February, Adults

St Gobnait and the folklore of bees

Admission free | Booking required

Stained glass window design of St. Gobnait by Harry Clarke, for Honan Hostel and Chapel, Cork, Ireland, Collection of the Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Join Irish Folklife Curator, Tiernan Gaffney, for a special talk at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life from 2 to 3pm Saturday, 11 February (the Feast of St Gobnait) to explore the life and folklore of this interesting medieval saint.

St Gobnait is the Patron Saint of Bees and Iron Workers. Unlike most Christian saints, there is no hagiography written on St Gobnait so much of what we know comes from folklore.

Learn about the miracles, places and museum objects associated with St Gobnait and the folk history of bees in everyday life.  

This talk is in association with a new exhibition about St Gobnait, bees and beekeeping, opening summer 2023, at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.

This is a free event but places are limited and booking is required. Telephone (094) 90 31751 or book now by email.


St Gobnait and the folklore of bees is located at:
Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo
F23 HY31

Join curator Tiernan Gaffney to learn about St Gobnait, patron saint of bees and iron workers, and explore the folk history of bees in Ireland

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Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo,
F23 HY31

+353 94 903 1755