Thursday, March 13, 2014

Carlow County Museum - a Snapshot of Ireland's History and Heritage

From ancient archeological treasures and industrial history to notable personalities, transportation and sporting memorabilia; Carlow County Museum is a treasure trove for the history buff, genealogical researcher and tourist alike.

With over 5000 artifacts, the Museum's collection spans a wide range of periods and  topics including natural history specimens, stone and bronze age archaeological objects, coins, medals, stamps, religious objects, military and police artifacts and memorabilia, agricultural implements, trade, craft and industrial items, sporting memorabilia and a large collection of photographs and archival material. Just over an hour outside of Dublin city, the Carlow County Museum gives a snapshot of the wonderful history and heritage of the county.

Among the items on display is the famous and magnificent 19th century hand carved pulpit from Carlow Cathedral. The pulpit has been included in the book ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’ by Fintan O’Toole, winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 ‘Best Irish-published Book of the Year’. The pulpit is over 20ft tall and is made entirely of oak. Also on view is the original gallows trapdoor from the Carlow Gaol which was used during the 19th century for public executions. See the wooden smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, who was killed at the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Myles was among the last to be killed in the battle and his horse Comanche survived the battle. Find out about the great 19th century scientist John Tyndall who was the first person to discover the greenhouse effect and has a peak in the Alps named after him. The Museum is home to the remains of the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry, a medical student from Co. Carlow was executed in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol, Dublin at the age of 18 for his role in the Irish War of Independence.

Carlow County Museum is located in the former Presentation Convent on College Street, just off Tullow Street, the main street of Carlow Town. The building is part of a complex that also houses the Tourist Office, the County Library and Archive.

Visit Carlow County Museum and see what you are missing, admission is free. Start planning your self-drive tour of Ireland with Celtic Tours World Vacations!

Carlow County Museum & Carlow Tourist Office,
College Street,
Carlow Town,
Co. Carlow,

GPS coordinates: 52.836559, -6.928314

Tel:        00353 – 59 - 9131554
Fax:        00353 - 59 - 9142249

Museum Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.30pm September to May
Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm June - August
Sundays & Banks Holidays 2.00pm - 4.30pm June – August
Free Admission. (Last admission half hour before closing)
For groups pre-book a Free Guided Tour (10 people +)
Wheelchair Access.

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