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Sunday 8 December 2019

Newbridge House has new museum

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) and Cllr Adrian Hench (FF) with members of the Donabate Historical Society at the opening of the new museum at Newbridge House
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) and Cllr Adrian Hench (FF) with members of the Donabate Historical Society at the opening of the new museum at Newbridge House

Ken Phelan

A proud Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, a number of local councillors and Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee paid a special visit to Newbridge House last weekend for the unveiling of its new museum and courtyard, the latest addition to one of Fingal's most resplendent visitor attractions.

Speaking after the official opening, Chairperson of Donabate Historical Society Peadar Bates spoke of the role the society plays in the running of the museum.

Peadar says: 'The new museum is brighter, it's about the same size but we were able to put more stuff into it, so we've more display cases.

'A lot of the stuff from the old museum is in it, but we have new stuff as well.

'We've old artefacts from Turvey House, and we've lots of items relevant to country life years ago and farm life.

'We've got lots of tools and weights and measures and lots of old photographs, that sort of thing. There's something in it for everybody really.

'Our role is to preserve all things local that might be of historical or heritage importance.

'We preserve stuff from being destroyed or thrown out, stuff that we think might be of importance.

'It started forty or fifty years ago, and it would have been done by people with a little bit of knowledge as regards things of historical value and we put them together then.'

He says: 'It doesn't cost anything to come in.

'When people go and they pay into the farm, the few quid they pay in to see the farm animals, the museum would be part of that tour.

'It's not part of the farm, it's independent, but we don't charge in.'

Open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 4pm, the new Newbridge House museum is a welcome addition to the house, and will undoubtedly attract even more visitors and tourists to the area.

Fingal Independent

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