The County Museum Dundalk is one of Ireland’s finest Local Authority Museums. It is located in a restored 18th Century distillery. Interesting artefacts include a Heinkel bubble car and the leather coat worn by King William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne.
There are three galleries of permanent exhibitions: “From Farm to Factory” – the story of Louth’s industrial development; “The Archaeology of Louth” – an introduction to archaeological methods; and “The Irish in World War One” – an evocation of the soldier’s life & the aftermath of war.
There is a memorial garden dedicated to the botanist Thomas Coulter. A further exhibition, “On the Trail of the Arctic Fox”, celebrates the great Irish Arctic explorer, Francis McClintock.
Key artefacts in a current exhibition, ‘Birth of a Nation – the Evolution of Irish Nationhood, 1641-1916’, include an original 1916 Proclamation and handwritten documents by Patrick Pearse, W.B. Yeats and Roger Casement. Uniforms, medals and other memorabilia are included along with – perhaps most poignantly – letters sent from prison after the Easter Rising to the mothers of some of those being detained.
Open Tues-Sat 10.00 am–5.00 pm.
Closed Sun, Mon, Bank Holidays.
Carroll Centre, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, Co.Louth.
Tel: 042 9392999
Adults €2; concessions.