About Carlow County Museum

We are Ireland's newest County Museum, displaying the varied history & archaeology of County Carlow, Ireland. Our exhibitions are housed over four galleries and we are open all year round. Our Blog will cover our extensive displays, featuring research done by staff and the community. The Museum has free admission. www.carlowmuseum.ie

Research

If you are looking to do research, we at the Museum are always happy to help however we can. Our contact details can be found here.

The below links may be of help in your research on County Carlow.

Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society

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The Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (CHAS) was formed in 1946 when a small group of local enthusiasts came together to establish a forum through which the study of local history might be encouraged.

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“On My Honour I Will Try…” Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing

September 2019

Carlow County Museum and 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts present a new exhibition:

“On My Honour I Will Try…”

Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some but for Carlow County Museum it proved to be a lucky September day to launch their new exhibition with the 5th Carlow (Town) Scouts  “On My Honour I Will Try…” Scouting in Carlow, 90 Years Growing.

a group of people smiling at a young girl as she cuts a ribbon

Cutting the ribbon on our new exhibition

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Early Medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi unveiled

Recently County Carlow welcomed a delegation from Echternach, Luxembourg, led by Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach, as part of the ongoing renewal of friendship between both areas. The highlights of the visit were the signing of a Friendship Agreement between both Councils and the unveiling of the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi. In AD 690, St. Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg, First Apostle of the Netherlands, departed County Carlow after spending twelve years at the famed monastic settlement of Rath Melsigi and undertook his mission to the continent. In AD 698 he established his major monastery in the town of Echternach. His monastery also had a scriptorium which over the centuries produced many fabulous manuscripts. Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, led the welcome by Carlow County Council. Continue reading

Celebration of the Feast of St. Molaise/ St. Laserian


This speech was delivered by Dermot Mulligan, Curator of Carlow County Museum, at the celebration of the Feast of St. Molaise/ St. Laserian, St. Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin. Co. Carlow, Saturday, April 20th* 2019 

“Dia diaobh go leir. Thank you to the Very Reverend Tom Gordon, Fr. Pat Hennessy, Parish Priest of Leighlin and to Fr. Tom Lalor, retired Parish Priest of Leighlin, for the invitation to address you this evening. The significance of the occurrence of the Feast of St. Laserian during Holy Week should not be lost on us. Continue reading

Calligraphy Workshops and Cruinniú na nÓg in Carlow County Museum

On Saturday the 15th June we celebrated Cruinniú na nÓg with two incredible Calligraphy Workshops, presented by Tim O’ Neill.

Tim O’Neill is widely acknowledged to be the finest contemporary calligrapher in Ireland. He is a leading scholarly authority on the subject, and has produced many books including ‘The Irish Hand’, a study of the manuscript tradition in Ireland and ‘Merchants and Mariners in Medieval Ireland’. He is a member of Peannairí, the Association of Irish Calligraphers and the Royal Society of Antiquaries Ireland (RSAI). Continue reading