Derryglad Museum – a treasure trove of folk memorabilia

Derryglad Museum in Curraghboy boasts a treasure trove of folk memorabilia, with 4,500 items covering everything relating to farming and folk life. The museum was officially opened in 1998 by well known singer Brendan Shine. At that time, it had 1400 exhibits, but since then that has grown to over 4,500 items. Owner Charlie Finneran recalls that in the past nine year, items have been collected, donated and bought at various shows and sales. ‘We have everything dealing with farming and folk life. The centre is ideal for tours and is completely wheelchair accessible. Starting this week, we will have the annual school tours, which are particularly popular in May and June. We get tours from 14 different counties, stretching from Dublin to Sligo.’ Derryglad has something for young and old. Young people can get to grips to the tools which their forefathers used on the farm and the various implements to be found in the homes of yesteryear. A photography section proves particularly popular with many visitors, showing the skills of country life. You’ll find a range of visitors at Derryglad, school tours, ICA guilds, ladies clubs and active age groups on tour. It’s also a great trip for farming groups, historical societies, day care centre groups and wheelchair users. Outside there’s a picnic area, so if you’re planning a trip to Derryglad Folk Museum, why not bring along a picnic and finish off your visit with a wonderful meal. To get to the centre from Roscommon, take the Curraghboy Road and from Athlone, take the Tuam Road. Ample car parking is available. The centre is open from May to September from Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm. It’s also open any time by appointment. For further information, contact Charlie or Bridie on (090) 64 88192.