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Minister Martin approves over €170k in funding for museums




        Minister Martin approves over €170k in funding for local and regional museums


The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, has today announced a series of small grants for local and regional museums around the country. Total funding of €174,434 is being made available under the Regional Museum Exhibitions Scheme 2023.


Projects funded under this Scheme seek to enhance the cultural offering of museums, to encourage greater access to museums and to promote the use of museums as tourism resources in their locality or region.


Sixteen projects are benefitting this year, including Limerick Museum for Postcards from Limerick exhibition and the Little Museum of Dublin for Bridges of Dublin exhibition.



Speaking today Minister Martin said:


“Our local and regional museums are an extremely important resource for accessing culture and heritage in towns and villages across the country, and I am very pleased to be able to support their renewal and development through the Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme.


Funding provided under this scheme allows local and regional bodies to continue to enhance their exhibitions, which improves the cultural offering for their communities and visitors.


The funding provided under this scheme over the years has allowed these cultural bodies to continue to enhance the presentation of their exhibitions and improve the cultural offering to the communities they serve.”








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Note to Editors:


Please see below full list of successful projects:




Project Description

Funding Awarded

Cork Butter Museum CLG



Butter Museum Exhibition Cases to display a butter related work by German artist Joseph Beuys and the museum's existing bog butter.


Deaf Heritage Centre Ireland


Completion of the cataloguing of the Deaf Heritage Centre's archive with the aim of preserving and safeguarding the history of the deaf community in Ireland.


Donegal County Museum


The Workhouses of County Donegal. An exhibition that aims to increase awareness of the role played by the workhouse system in the story of Donegal by exploring human stories found in the workhouses records.


Galway City Museum


‘Medieval Galway: Silver and Stone’ Display cases for the Galway Sword and Mace.  A new exhibition that will focus on the craftsmanship of the time, with a display of silver and stone artefacts associated with the medieval town.


Kerry Writer's Museum (Kerry Cultural & Literary Centre CLG)


The Bolex Boys of North Kerry. An exhibition celebrating the work of two filmmakers from North Kerry - John Lynch and Michael Mulcahy. The aim is to profile the role of community film making in storytelling using a little known archive of national importance.


Limerick Museum


'Postcards from Limerick'. An exhibition celebrating the 1,100th anniversary of Limerick city that explores Limerick's development via a collection of some 4,000 postcards.


Marsh’s Library


Gutenberg's Cradle An exhibition of incunables from the library's collection.  Many of the incunables in Marsh's Library have fine woodcut illustrations, hand-coloured initial letters, rich bindings, or intriguing handwritten notes by early owners and readers.


Monaghan County Museum


Bordering Realities Exhibition cases for a new long-term multi-themed exhibition with a focus on facilitating a dialogue between the disparate communities in Monaghan.


National Print Museum


Interpretation Improvements and Innovations to the main exhibition to enhance and expand the interactive, hands-on visitor experience. This includes proofing presses for visitors to use.


Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral


William Burges Archive Cataloguing Scoping Study aimed at assessing the archive of William Burges, architect of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral. The project aims to record the archive with a view to storage, consolidation and eventual display to the public.


Strokestown Park and National Famine Museum, an Irish Heritage Trust Property


Food, Feasts and Footmen: The Gallery Kitchen at Strokestown Park House. A new exhibition of the only surviving 18th Century gallery kitchen in Ireland.  It will show the foods prepared for and served to the gentry, and will explore the work carried out by the kitchen staff, illustrating a life in service.


The Hunt Museum


‘Nights candles are burnt out’: Climate, Culture, Change & Community.  An exhibition that aims to use the power of art and culture to engage people emotionally with the existential threat of climate change to encourage behavioural change.


The Model, Home of the Niland Collection


Last of the Visioners.  An exhibition that considers how early 20th Century representations of Ireland have come to shape our National and diasporic consciousness. Key Romantic works will be exhibited against contemporary African American, Indigenous and migrant points of view.


Thomas MacDonagh Museum


Thomas MacDonagh Exhibition Enhancement Project. A new exhibition showcasing a large selection of objects relating to each member of the MacDonagh family. The exhibition aims to deliver the MacDonagh story to a wider audience.


The Little Museum of Dublin


Bridges of Dublin. An exhibition built around a large illustrated map of the river Liffey by Dublin based artist Fergal McCarthy.  The exhibition aims to tell the story of the river in a fun and accessible way.


Waterford Treasures Museums in the Viking Triangle


Pandering to the Privilege/Sugar & Shame - Freedom and Slavery exhibition in Waterford Treasures. An exhibition that aims to engage people with Ireland's complex relationship with slavery, freedom and privilege in the 18th and 19th Centuries.