The permanent exhibition is in the Seomra Mhic Dhonnchadha. Spread over 2 rooms, visitors will engage with personal family objects as well as a variety of material associated with the development of Ireland as a nation. Each family member is explored through their talents and interests along with their unique lasting legacies.

One gets a taste of Cloughjordan throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the MacDonagh family experienced the growth of the town. Cloughjordan at that time was vibrant with activity and at the heart of industrial developments arriving in Ireland in the late 19th Century. Using objects from our Folklife Collection the exhibition explores the everyday lives of townspeople. 

These exhibitions will engage audiences with the long and proud history of the MacDonagh family in Cloughjordan, Ireland and beyond. We look at how the lives of the family impact our own lives today demonstrating the central role the family played in the development of the Irish national
The exhibition opened in 2013 in preparation for the National celebrations of the centenary of the 1916 Rising in 2016. It has developed over the last ten years with the growth of the Collection and now consists of a personal and unique collection showcasing one family and their enduring relationship with a nation.