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Posted by on Dec 1, 2009 in Historic, History, Midlands, Shannon | 1 comment

Rural Ireland’s Rich History Exhibited in Nenagh Museum

Submitted by Phil

The rich history of rural Ireland is brought back to life for all to see at the Nenagh Heritage Centre. Located in a town of the same name, the museum has been constructed to reveal how residents in the 1800s and 1900s went about their daily lives.

Nenagh is within easy driving distance of Tipperary for those who choose to use Irish car rentals on their trips. The centre has gone through many incarnations since it was constructed in the 1800s, and the various uses for the building are reflected in several of its exhibitions.

Initially the museum served as the County Gaol (Jail) Governor’s House, where law and order was imposed on those breaking the law. Parts of the attraction have been renovated to resemble how the site would have looked when it took in prisoners. Visitors can get an idea how criminals lived while behind bars, and information is displayed to flesh out the experience of 1800s law breakers who went through the justice system.

The building’s original kitchen has been carefully preserved and is on-view for those who wish to see where the tenants’ basic meals were produced. Day trippers may also take a look at the gaol’s execution area in the Gatehouse, where condemned prisoners met a grisly end. As well as giving visitors the opportunity to look at the 19th Century justice system, the attraction also provides the chance to see what school-life was like in the past.

Children and adults alike are sure to find the 1913 classroom an interesting exhibition with its accurate portrayal of schooling from a different era. The snapshot of views into the past continues throughout the site, allowing visitors to see how the town’s residents lived. Also included in the museum is a shop constructed in the style of an early 20th Century outlet, which is likely to prove an interesting contrast to the supermarkets of today. In addition, a bar built to resemble a pub hailing from the same period is housed in the site for those who are keen to see how drinking outlets appeared in the past.

The important techniques and equipment used to prepare food for the town’s residents are on show at the Irish Dairy and Museum of Rural Life, which are both permanent exhibitions at the site. Here visitors can see the hard work and toil that went into producing goods by hand that kept the area’s population thriving. A range of temporary exhibitions also take place at the attraction and feature an array of items from artwork to atmospheric photos.

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1 Comment

  1. very cool – i would LOVE to go and see this. thanks for sharing!

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