I Know why the Sky is Blue. Do You?Marking the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of John Tyndall
In early August 2020, Carlow County Museum in association with the Tyndall National Institute, marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of County Carlow’s great 19th century scientist, inventor, educator and mountaineer, John Tyndall with a series of online lectures, streamed together in one broadcast, titled ‘Tyndall200’.
Carlow County Museum is featured in the December 2020 edition of Irish Country Magazine as one of four sites to visit in Ireland by historian and author Gillian O’Brien. Describing the Museum as a “brilliant hidden gem”, she makes reference to one of our more unique exhibits, Kevin Barry’s last cigarette, as part of the inspiration for her new book The Darkness Echoing: Exploring Ireland’s places of Famine, Death & Rebellion.
A series of events to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the execution of Kevin Barry and forming part of Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020, culminated last month with the broadcast of ‘Kevin Barry & the Oral Tradition 1920-2020’.
What a great way to celebrate International Museums Day, #IMD2020, with the fantastic news that we have been awarded ‘Interim Accreditation under the Museums Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)’ by the Heritage Council. The MSPI promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries, and this award recognises our achievement of those standards through accreditation.
Did you know that the first place the plague of AD 664 was recorded in Ireland was in Co. Carlow! The exact location was the famed religious settlement of Rath Melsigi, founded by the great St Ecgberct of Rath Melsigi & Iona.
The Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS) was formed in 1946 when a small group of local enthusiasts came together to establish a forum through which the study of local history might be encouraged.
To celebrate Halloween Carlow County Museum, working with Ceatharlach Creatlachs and Scarefest Carlow had a fantastic “Night at the Museum”. Four tours brought visitors on a spooktacular meet-and-greet with some of the spirits of Carlow past!