Bog butter found in Muckanagh, Co Mayo, dated to AD 775 to 895, and with its wooden container and leather wrap. Image copyright of the National Museum of Ireland

The tradition of using bogs to keep butter edible dates back over 3,500 years, according to a new study. It reveals the practice dates back to at le(...)

Dr Anthony Ventresque: “I have very good students – they are brilliant technically, they ask good questions [and] they provide another reason to get up in the morning and go to work.”

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Céide Fields: Dr Whitefield contends that the low, straight heaps of stone are “indicative of the land having been cleared for ploughing”

The archaeologist who linked north Mayo’s Céide Fields complex to some of Europe’s earliest farmers has said he feels he has been subjected to a “sile(...)

Would a more pragmatic, creative solution not be both less expensive and less destructive of the National Museum of Ireland’s capacities? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Museum of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, is one of our premier cultural heritage institutions. It is the treasure house of our nation(...)