We pride ourselves with the variety of different activities organised in and around the museum - walks, talks, 'hands-on' sessions, prehistoric technology demonstrations, exhibitions, seminars, provision of worksheets, 'trails' etc. We are delighted to welcome groups of all kinds to the museum, and the curator is happy to talk to such groups, once an arrangement has been made beforehand (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). She is also available to act as a tour guide for visiting groups, particularly those who might be interested in visiting some of the many hundreds of wonderful archaeological sites on the peninsula. We are constantly working on new projects, and welcome ideas from our visitors and stakeholders with regard to what they would like to see provided. Don't be shy! Below you will be able to read about some of the projects we have been involved in over the years, many in conjunction with our parent organisation, Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne.
West Kerry Live
For several summers now, the curator has been writing short articles on various topics relating to the archaeology of Corca Dhuibhne for the free fortnightly publication, West Kerry Live. You might need to explore their web site a little to find links to these pages, but a good starting point would be here. The curator is grateful to Mossy and Lorcán, the managers of the magazine, for all their support during the past few years.
A happy group!
The curator of the museum, Isabel Bennett, is an archaeologist by training and is happy to bring groups of all ages and interests to archaeological sites in the area. Yesterday a visit was made to Riasc, a nearby monastic site. The site was excavated in the 1970s and some of the finds from the excavation are on display in the museum, with thanks to the National Museum of Ireland, from which they are on loan.
This particular group was of young adults doing a post-graduated qualification in primary school teaching, and we used the worksheet about Riasc which is available here in the museum. Should you wish to bring a group on a visit to any of our local archaeological sites in the company of the curator, please contact the museum to discuss.
A new Education Policy is currently being devised for Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, in conjunction with Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne. This will be broad ranging, aimed at visitors to the museum (particularly children, especially those coming to the area to improve their fluency in the Irish Language), adult participants in Irish Language Courses run by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne and our most important stakeholders, the local people, as well as all other users of the facilities available in and around the museum.
In the past, annual seminars on aspects of the heritage of the area have been held. Beginning in 2004, a very successful seminar was held on the theme of Promontory forts. ‘Cúirt Phiarais’ was held in December 2005. The theme was aspects of the heritage of the Parish of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, and again a field trip to various sites was followed by talks in the afternoon. Both these seminars were grant aided by the Heritage Council. Another seminar, 'Pilgrimage sites in Corca Dhuibhne and Beyond' - took place in the Museum in 2006, in conjunction with Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and with the support of the Heritage Council. A field trip to sites of pilgrimage interest in the area took place in the morning, with talks from 2.15 in the afternoon. Further seminars will be organised from time to time.
Guided Tours and Illustrated Talks
The curator is available to groups to provide guided tours of the museum, and also to sites of archaeological interest in the area. She is also available to give illustrated talks on various aspects of Irish Archaeology, but more particularly the Archaeology of the Dingle Peninsula. This area is rich in archaeological remains, and it would be a pity not to visit some of them while you are in the area. Having a knowledgeable guide will make such visits all the more enjoyable.
Standing stone with ogham inscription, Ballintearmon Publications
Five walking route guides have been published, Nos 1-4 thanks to generous grant aid provided by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, with reprints funded by Údarás na Gealtachta who also funded the cost of No. 5. In the majority of these walks, each route begins and ends at the museum, and will guide you through different parts of the area around Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, indicating sites of archaeological and other interest. The fifth guide is for Cosán na Naomh, the Saints' Path (see also below). All are available in the museum. Further information can be found here.
Several free worksheets have been available for younger visitors, and for learners of Irish, for several years now, the first one devised being based on the permanent exhibition (currently only available as Gaeilge). Another on the topic of the nearby monastic site at An Riasc has been available since 2007. This worksheet is available in Irish or in English. A worksheet on the topic of Pilgrimage/St Brendan/Cosán na Naomh was produced at the end of 2009, and is also available in Irish or in English. We are grateful to the support received from the Heritage Council in the preparation of these worksheets.
More recently, funding has been sanctioned through the Scheme to Assist Local and Regional Museums, operated by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to prepare a 4th worksheet in the series. This new addition is about the nearby promontory fort of Dún an óir, a National Monument, at which an infamous siege and subsequent massacre took place in 1580. The museum has some artefacts from that site, on loan from the National Museum, so the worksheet will look at all of these aspects of the history of the area. The worksheet was first made available in 2013.
A larger view of the worksheets can be had by clicking on the image. These .pdf documents can be downloaded by clicking on the Download link above the image. Each File consists of 4 pages which be printed off and used in the classroom. These files are quite big (6 - 11Mb) and so a fast internet connection is required.