Derryglad Folk Museum

Curraghboy, Athlone, Westmeath
Tel:090-6488192

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Here you can view over 6000 items in a friendly relaxed atmosphere, dealing with History, Heritage and Folk Culture.

This all weather facility deals with Farm and Folk Life and includes horse drawn machinery, tradesman's tools, old style 1930's thatched bar and grocery.

Museum

Phonographs, gramaphones, radios, quernstones, rare bog butter, sundials, rush lights, new display on old days, old ways at school, slates, slate pencils, dip pens, ink and blotting paper.

Within minutes of entering this magnificent edifice of nostalgia you will be taken on a fascinating journey from barn thrashing on a Scottish Highland Croft to sheep-shearing in the Austral­ian outback and back to an Irish country bar and grocery of the mid-1900's. Every conceivable item, from the kitchens, sculleries, farms, shops and bars Of Ireland’s past, is there on display.

McCormack Photography Room

On display in the McCormack Photography Room are the contents of McCormack's land­mark studio/shop at 2 Northgate Street, Athlone from 1948 to 2002, including items from the studios, dark rooms, finishing rooms, D&P line, cameras, enlargers, B&W and colour processing equipment are all on permanent display in a work like setting.

Famine Memorial Stone

The two boys, John and James Kelehan were admitted to the workhouse in Athlone in April 1847 as twins aged 11 years. It was discovered in early 1848 that their mother held some land and therefore they were not entitled to relief in the workhouse. Subsequently, they were discharged on the 15th February; they were given some bread and sent home. Both boys were found dead next morning and the Poor Law Commissioners ordered an inquiry.

Vintage Machinery & Grey Ferguson

Large collection of horse drawn farm machinery restored to original working order covering the four seasons from the cultivating to the harvesting also includes a fully restored little grey fergie  two furrow plough &  earth scoop.

Opening hours

May - September

Monday - Saturday : 10:00am - 6:00pm daily Any time by appointment

Latitude: 53.4664211

Longitude: -8.0800363