29 Jun 2022

Strokestown Park hosting ‘Local Museum Day’

Strokestown Park hosting ‘Local Museum Day’

John O’Driscoll, General Manager, The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park

Following a €5 million investment, the newly developed state-of-the-art National Famine Museum will open to visitors at Strokestown Park, Roscommon in early July 2022.

Ahead of its general opening, the Irish Heritage Trust is inviting local communities to see the re-imagined National Famine Museum on Tuesday, June 14 as part of International Museum Week 2022.

“We are delighted to be hosting our ‘Local Museum Day’ on Tuesday, June 14 and look forward to welcoming the Roscommon community and those further afield as our guests to see the development work undertaken here over the last eighteen months,” commented John O’Driscoll, General Manager, The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park.

Mr O’Driscoll continued, “International Museum Week 2022 is the perfect opportunity to showcase Ireland’s new National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park where the unique story of the landed gentry and their tenants is told in an authentic and moving way.”

Guided tours of the Museum on the day will be at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Mr O’Driscoll added, “There will also be information on local employment opportunities and the Irish Heritage Trust Volunteering Programme, as well as the chance to learn about the benefits of Irish Heritage Trust Membership.”
Since 2015 the Irish Heritage Trust, a not-for-profit organisation, cares for and manages the property and has overseen this significant redevelopment project.

Dr Emma O’Toole, Collections & Interpretation Manager at the Irish Heritage Trust worked on the project including in the early stages with an international Historical Advisory Panel which ensured that the sources and texts were thoroughly vetted on an international level.

“The enthralling National Famine Museum uses cutting-edge technology including projections and soundscapes to immerse visitors in the culture and day-to-day life of Ireland in the years before, during and after the Great Famine. A mixture of imaginative scene-setting and innovative audio, audio-visual, and touchscreen resources – as well as our family activity guide – help to make a museum visit a fascinating experience for people of all ages,” said Dr O’Toole.

Mr O’Driscoll concluded, “When we fully open in early July, our bright and modern Woodland Café located in the old granary of Strokestown Park House will be focussed on serving high quality, seasonal, locally sourced produce as well as the finest coffee and delicious treats, catering for all dietary needs.

“We are proud that the state-of-the-art National Famine Museum and our new café and retail area in the visitor centre result in a world-class experience here in in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.”

The Palladian House at Strokestown Park is still undergoing some essential works and reopens when the attraction opens to the public including the contemporary visitor centre with the café and retail area.

Funding for the project came from €3.75 million under Fáilte Ireland’s Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects 2016-2020 and €1.25 million funding from the owners of Strokestown Park House, Westward Holdings Ltd, in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust.

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