• Kitchen Power #MuseumFromHome

    Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2020
    Hoover Spinarinse

    As the Kitchen Power exhibition is currently closed, due to the arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ireland, I have been making daily posts on social media about some of the objects in the exhibition. The idea is to give…

  • Electric Irish Homes textile art project

    Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2019
    Project participants working with Anna Spearman in the NMI Country Life, January 2019

    The Electric Irish Homes textile art project brought together a group of Mayo women with artist Anna Spearman, who was commissioned through Age & Opportunity to develop a response to the research material through the medium of textiles. Watch the…

  • Media coverage of the Kitchen Power exhibition, July 2019

    Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2019
    RTE Six One News

      The Kitchen Power exhibition has received quite a bit of coverage on Irish TV and radio and in the newspapers in the last couple of weeks and I wanted to do a round-up of all that coverage here.  …

  • Kitchen Power launched at the National Museum of Ireland, July 2019

    Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2019
    Mary Robinson launching the Kitchen Power exhibition

    The Kitchen Power exhibition was launched on Friday 19th July by Mrs. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland. Mrs. Robinson gave a speech where she linked the impact that rural electrification had on women in rural Ireland with the efforts…

  • Electric Irish Homes textile art project showcase, May 2019

    Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019
    Anna Spearman showing the individual pieces to Tara Byrne of Age & Opportunity

    The Electric Irish Homes textile art project involves a group of Mayo women working in textiles to respond to the themes of the Electric Irish Homes project and the Kitchen Power exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland – Country…

  • National Museum exhibition programme launched

    Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

    We’ve been working very hard behind the scenes, so have been rather quiet on here as a result. However, the National Museum of Ireland launched its 2019 exhibition programme this week, including the first press about our exhibition, which you…

  • Guest post from Rachel Botha: Life of Shadows

    Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

    Powdered snow sits in piles on the window sill as I look out onto this morning’s antics in my back garden. Two male robins puff out their reddened chests in a territorial dance for the last morsels of breadcrumbs left…

  • Oral History Article in the Irish Examiner

    Posted on Friday, January 26th, 2018
    Sorcha and Brigid in Cork

    Coming out of the involvement of West Cork ICA with the project, we have just had this article in the Farming pages of the Irish Examiner, which talks about the oral history aspect of the research, highlighting the ICA members…

  • Made in Ireland? journal article now online

    Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017
    FAM vacuum cleaner FS55

    Coming to the end of a very busy year, we are delighted to have just published the first journal article based on the project research material. ‘Made in Ireland?’ is part of Volume 8 of Writing Visual Culture, which focuses…

  • Powering the Nation – new book from Sorcha O’Brien

    Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
    Powering the Nation

      I’m delighted to be able to announce the publication of Powering the Nation: Images of the Shannon Scheme and Electricity in Ireland. This book is based on my research on an earlier time period of electricity in Ireland, that…