The Rural Museum at Dún na Sí Amenity & Heritage park is the brainchild of the late Jimmy Bermingham, a member of the Moate Vintage Club and former Chairman of the Moate Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. It is home to a wide range of agricultural and domestic exhibits which were once commonplace in Rural Ireland.
Farming has been practised in Ireland for over 6000 years, however today’s farming landscape dates from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The museum’s agriculture collection reflects this important history. It includes significant examples of hand implements and horse drawn equipment including a variety of machinery used for haymaking such as mowers, turners, rakes and a hay bugy.
The tillage section includes ploughs, harrows, seed sowers and many more implements used for crop sowing. There is also a selection of tools to aid in the turf cutting and potato sowing and harvesting. Exhibits from the dairy and laundry are also on display as well as a mix of household items from down through the years.
The museum also houses a recreation of a traditional Irish homestead which can be viewed through a cottage window!