By Kieran O’Mahony
IT’S all change at Kilmurry Museum as the old museum, which has been running for the past 50 years, closes this Sunday in preparation for the opening of a new museum in early 2016.
This will be the last chance to see the old museum before artefacts are moved to the new facility. The meeting hall in the new Museum and Cultural facility is now open to the public and people are invited to take a look around the new building on the day. The new premises will have a state of the art museum and audiovisual space, as well as a meeting space with seating for 80 people.
‘The association is keenly aware of the need for a community meeting space in Kilmurry, and we firmly believe that the new facility will be enjoyed by people not just from Kilmurry, but also from the wider community.
‘This project is being driven with the knowledge that it will benefit all local communities in the Lee Valley who wish to promote the history and heritage of their area and also to have a meeting room available to groups who wish to promote their own particular ambitions,’ said Michael John O’Mahony, PRO for Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association.
Kilmurry Museum holds around 400 objects and has considerable integrity as a collection. It has maintained focus on the locality and on its archaeology and history.
Some of the artefacts in the old museum include the original wheel from a Black and Tan Crossley Tender burnt at the Kilmichael Ambush.
They also have the original iron cross marking the site of Kilmichael Ambush as well as the wheel of the hearse which carried the remains of Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney for burial. The final opening day of the old museum takes place at 11am this Sunday.