Past Exhibitions

The Quiet Revolution
(August 2016 – March 2017)

‘The Quiet Revolution’ – Carlow County Museum and the E.S.B. Archives have worked together over the past number of months to develop a special temporary exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Rural Electrification which began in November 1946. The Rural Electrification Scheme has been described as one of the greatest social and economic developments in twentieth-century Ireland. This exhibition explores the bringing of the light to Carlow, from the first public lighting in 1891, to the implementation of rural electrification in the area (1947-1963). Those who worked on the scheme, including PJ Dowling, Carlow Person of the 20th Century, became known as the ‘Rural Pioneers’. The exhibition has been extended and will run until February 2017.

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Download the Exhibition brochures below:
Quiet Revolution Exhibition Brochure – English
Quiet Revolution Exhibition Brochure – Irish

St Willibrord and His Carlow Connection (2017)

Copper alloy statue of St Willibrord on display in Carlow Cathedral
St Willibrord relic on display in Carlow Cathedral

Carlow County Museum developed this temporary exhibition in 2017 to explore in greater detail the history of this connection. This temporary exhibition has concluded, but parts of the exhibition have been incorporated into the main museum exhibitions.

Read more about the exhibition HERE

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

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.

In 2014, Carlow County Museum in association with Glór Cheatharlach presented the exhibition “Scéal na Gaeilge i gCeatharlach, The Story of the Irish Language in Carlow”. The exhibition concentrated on the period from 1899 to 2014. This temporary exhibition has concluded.

An craoltóir cáiliúil Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh ag labhairt ag an seoladh. Legendary broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh speaking at the launch. Tá an íomhá © cóipcheart Mhúsaem Contae Cheatharlach / Image is © copyright of Carlow County Museum.

Read more about the exhibition HERE

‘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.

Read more about the exhibition HERE

Carlow GAA 125th Anniversary Exhibition (2009)

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.

Image is © copyright of Carlow County Museum

Read more about the exhibition HERE