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From Limerick to Australia: The story of Richard Bourke

Sir Richard Bourke (1777-1855) was a colonel, philanthropist and colonial governor. As a young man, Richard was an accomplished army officer who served across the globe. However, it was the Limerick man’s reformative work on education in Ireland and progressive governorship of the Cape of Good Hope and New South Wales in later life that […]

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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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Art Therapy Workshops

A 6 week workshop facilitated by an Art Psychotherapist, who is an accredited mental health professional and registered with Irish Creative Arts Therapy Association. Art therapy offers a reflective space to reconnect with yourself. It helps clients process difficult feelings and emotions through the creative process. All materials will be provided. Where: The Peoples Museum […]