For years, the Nore View Folk and Heritage was one of Kilkenny's most valuable gems — a treasure trove of historytucked away in Bennettsbridge.
It was founded and lovingly curated for decades by Seamus Lawlor, who sadly passed away last year.
An auction of around 80% of the museum's items will now take place next Wednesday, September 7, at Mount Butler Salesrooms in Roscrea.
This rare and vast collection contains multiple examples of both every-day and bespoke items used in daily life by Irish people in rural and urban areas, from famine times through to the mid-20th Century. Originally compiled by Mr Lawlor, his private collection conveyed an insight into the historic workings and events of past Irish life.
All aspects of traditional farming life feature in this auction - from the kitchen and dairy to harvest time tools and machines and quern stones. Traditional trade tools are presented for sale in the blacksmiths forge, carpenters and coopers' workshops, motor station and the Irish shop and public bar.
Old Irish Transport including tub traps, carts, railway station signs and lamps, Irish wildlife, mining tools, vernacular Irish furniture, vintage household appliances, bicycles, prams, Irish political, military, union and land war memorabilia, currencies, religious objects and multiple lots of GAA hurling, football and other sporting interests are on offer, including two original Croke Park turnstiles and numerous other curios, musical items and replicas of Irish Life.
The full catalogue is available on the website www.victormitchell.com.