Carlow County Museum is Presented with Interim Museum Accreditation Standard award (MSPI)

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) Award Winners 2020

“it is a very high honour for the Museum to be awarded this prestigious accreditation and congratulations to all involved.”

Cllr. Ken Murnane, Chairperson of the Board of Carlow County Museum, 2021
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A Look Back at Carlow GAA by Paul Donaghy (RIP), August 2009

“Consider the GAA Community the Original Band of Brothers”


Paul Donaghy – SPORTS JOURNALIST

Preamble: In August 2009, Carlow GAA celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the GAA with a magnificent exhibition in Netwatch Cullen Park in partnership with Carlow County Museum and the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. The exhibition was launched by Christy Cooney, Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael. As part of the exhibition Paul Donaghy, well know Carlow sports journalist and supporter of the exhibition, then writing for the Carlow People and formerly of the Carlow Nationalist, was asked to write a short summary piece of Carlow GAA. In his immutable style Paul wrote the following excellent expressive summary.

The stand at Netwatch Cullen Park
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Rath Melsigi Cross Restored and Friendship Agreement Signed

Ivan Healy, Honorary Consul General to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach and Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council unveil the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi

From Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th of August 2019 County Carlow welcomed a delegation from Echternach, Luxembourg, led by Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach, as part of the ongoing renewal of friendship between both areas. The highlights of the visit were the unveiling of the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi (CW012-025002) and the signing of a Friendship Agreement between both Councils.

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Scéal na Gaeilge i gCeatharlach The Story of the Irish Language in Carlow (2014)

Scéal na Gaeilge i gCeatharlach

I 2014, chuir Músaem Contae Cheatharlach i gcomhar le Glór Cheatharlach an taispeántas “Scéal na Gaeilge i gCeatharlach, The Story of the Irish Language in Carlow” i láthair. Dhírigh an taispeántas ar an tréimhse ó 1899 go 2014. Tá an taispeántas sealadach seo curtha i gcrích.

Ó bhunú Conradh na Gaeilge in 1899 le Mícheál Ó hAnracháin, a cuireadh chun báis níos déanaí dá pháirt in Éirí Amach 1916, go dtí Féilte Pan-Cheilteacha 2012 agus ’13 tá an Ghaeilge tar éis dul ó neart go neart i gCeatharlach. Le dhá bhua náisiúnta i nGlór na nGael agus 35 bliain d’Fhéile Ealaíon Éigse Cheatharlach, bunscoileanna agus meánscoileanna móra a bhfuil an-tóir orthu, tá an Ghaeilge mar dhlúthchuid de shaol laethúil Cheatharlach.

Tá an íomhá © cóipcheart Mhúsaem Contae Cheatharlach.
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‘Mike the Man of the Rás ’73’ (May – October 2013)

‘Mike the Man of the Rás ‘73’ exhibition was developed by Carlow County Museum to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Carlovian Mike O’Donaghue winning Ireland’s great international bike race the Rás Tailteann in 1973. This temporary exhibition has concluded but parts of the exhibition have been incorporated into the main museum exhibitions.

Mike O’Donaghue pictured during the 1967 Rás Tailteann wearing the Carlow jersey sponsored by Corcoran & Co. Ltd. Photo courtesy of Mike O’Donaghue
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Carlow GAA 125th Anniversary Exhibition

“the exhibition will bring back wonderful memories to everybody in Carlow, not alone players, but family of players and current day players who will get inspiration from seeing their heroes of yester year”

Christy Cooney, Uachtarán Cumann Luthcleas Gael. 2009 – 2012

The highlight of Carlow’s Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2009 was the magnificent eleven-day county exhibition in Netwatch Cullen Park in late August, coinciding with Heritage Week. Coiste Chontae Ceatharlach (Carlow County GAA Board) developed this temporary exhibition in partnership with Carlow County Museum and the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society. This temporary exhibition has concluded but parts of the exhibition have been incorporated into the main museum exhibitions.

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#Tyndall200 Online Lecture Event

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’. 

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Carlow County Museum featured in Irish Country Magazine

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.  

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Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020

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’.

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