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9th Apr 2024
to 23rd Aug 2024

Age Range
All ages

Shinrone Community Centre

R42 Y620

Unstitching the 17th Century Shinrone Gown – an exploration and recreation

It is the Spring of 1843 and workmen on a bog outside Shinrone Village happen upon a dark woollen dress buried in the peat dating from 16th /17th Century and considered today to be a unique survivor from this period. Circumstances of the find are unclear or indeed why the dress was placed in a bog. The dress is currently on display at the National Museum of Ireland. Shinrone Heritage Group are embarking on creating an historic replica of the Gown using the same materials and measurements. Shinrone Heritage Group along with Shinrone National School will explore the Shinrone Gown through a series of workshops and with the guidance of artists, Rosalind Fanning and Bernie Stapleton.  Through the workshops undertaken at Shinrone National School, students will experience hand-dying wool with natural play dyes and other techniques and will also get the opportunity to create their own peg doll based on their own interpretation of the Shinrone Gown.  As part of Heritage Week, the replica Gown will be exhibited at a public talk in Shinrone on Friday 23rd August, where the community will explore both the projects’ journey and the original gowns historical context. The Gown will then be transferred to the Shinrone National School Museum where it will be put on public display.

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.

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