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The Person behind the Collection: Maya Sunario

Born and raised in Indonesia, Maya Sunario’s love for dolls first began when she was given her first fashion doll, Sindy, a British fashion doll created by Pedigree Dolls & Toys in 1963. She then discovered Barbie dolls, made by its rival, Mattel Inc. In the 1970s, playing with these dolls felt like a privilege […]

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Pandemic Christmas: Limerick has seen it all before!

‘Happy Christmas. This may seem strange to some who think that this is not a time for rejoicing, that things are too serious with us as present, but we must not lose sight of the fact that the event we celebrate is as same as ever’.(1) Referring to challenges brought by the First World War, […]

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A Spooktacular Tale: The Tinker of Ballingarry

Oíche Shamhna, Halloween, has its roots in Ireland. Samhain was celebrated on the first of November as the split between Summer and Winter. The division between this world and the ‘other’ was considered at its thinnest. On the night before, food was placed at people’s doors for the spirits of the dead. Fruit and nuts […]

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Dolls, Dolls, and more Dolls!

Last month, The People’s Museum of Limerick looked at the Irish Crolly Doll. Garbed in Irish tweed and hand-knit, the Crolly Dolls on display in Limerick form part of a huge collection of Crolly Dolls donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland / Músaem Óige na hÉireann by Anne O’Leary in 2018. The Crolly Doll […]

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Crolly Dolls: Ireland’s Doll-making past

Made first in the Donegal Gaeltacht/ Irish-speaking district of Gweedore in 1939, Crolly dolls are an Irish doll that form part of Ireland’s cultural, economic and social history. From the Museum of Childhood, Músaem Óige na hÉireann, The People’s Museum of Limerick are currently displaying a selection of dolls that trace the evolution and history […]

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Art & Slow Yoga with Kathryn Crowley

Sunday October 4th   3pm- 5 pm.  Booking closes at 3pm on September 26th. Two hours of creative writing, art-making and gentle yoga movement in our beautiful bright blue room, overlooking People’s Park. Stretch out tension in your neck, back and shoulders with some slow, gentle yoga. Immerse in pranayama (yoga breathing exercsises) to soothe your mind. Relax […]

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Get Stuffed! The Curator’s Story

Please enjoy the story behind the Get Stuffed exhibition as told by its curator, William T. O’Neill. Thank you to William for working with the museum on this really fascinating and unique collection! In July 2020 I started working with the People’s Museum of Limerick to try and bring a taxidermy exhibition to a prominent […]

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‘Of Place’ Ceramics Exhibition in Sept

Of Place, a solo exhibition by Mandy Parslow, runs at The People’s Museum of Limerick, 2 Pery Square, Limerick, from 10 to 26 September. Described as a ‘wayfaring exploration through ceramics’, the exhibition is the culmination of several years of research by the artist exploring place, our attachment to it and engagement with it through […]

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Get Stuffed!

What better way to start the new week than with a brand new exhibition! Occupying our fascinating basement mezzanine floor is the most unusual exhibition you will see this year – a historical collection of Limerick taxidermy that traces the fauna of Limerick in a very unique way. This exhibition is a collaboration with Limerick […]

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Heritage Week!

Happy Heritage Week! This year’s theme is EDUCATION so we thought what better way to celebrate Limerick’s educational heritage than by showing you some of our most historic schools? There are some brilliant and fascinating schools in our Georgian neighbourhood around the museum, so we have designed a mini walking tour, entirely FREE for Heritage […]