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14 to 22 August 2021, Families


Admission free

Be sure to try out the Museum's fairy trail during your visit for National Heritage Week!

Of Fairies and Fairy Folk is an enchanting trail through the Museum grounds, exploring fairy dwellings and tree folklore with artworks produced by local artists Carmel Balfe and Tom Meskell, of Wandering Lighthouse Artworks.

Of Fairies and Fairy Folk also delivers a timely message about sustainability and biodiversity. Curious families of all ages can find out more about the native and introduced tree species dotted across the grounds of Turlough Park House, in our magical woodlands, wonderful waterways and beautifully restored gardens.

Alongside each fairy dwelling is an illustrated panel exploring the connections between the ethereal world of the fairies and the very real world of the National Folklife Collection on display in the Museum galleries. The panels detail the folklore associated with each tree on the route and look at the many varieties of wood used in the construction of traditional objects in the Museum. 

​National Heritage Week is an annual initiative by the Heritage Council and brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.

Last year, more than 800 heritage projects were organised and shared on the National Heritage Week website.

National Heritage Week is supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and run in association with Fáilte Ireland.

Browse this year's events and projects on the National Heritage Week website.


HERITAGE WEEK: Fairy Trail is located at:
Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo
F23 HY31

Can you find the fairy dwellings in the grounds of the Museum? Have fun on this fairy trail and learn some tree folklore along the way.

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Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo,
F23 HY31

+353 94 903 1755