By Gone Museum
This museum is located in a self contained Unit forming part of the Old Boat House, – a building of local lime stone, dated as early 18th Century, and featuring a curious medieval face carved on one of the cornerstones.
The museum is accessible via the old bridge, Durrow with visitor amenities, and a lecture room with Audio Visual facilities for related Heritage Workshops. The Museum has already been active with local group visits especially as part of Laois Heritage Week, and coordinates this with the local Heritage Officer.
The Durrow Bygones Museum represents a comprehensive collection of everyday objects, including artefacts and printed ephemera/photographs, relating to life and the people of Durrow and its hinterland Co. Laois. The collection represents over 100 years of social life in the area.
The intriguing collection has been put together by local collector, Michael Campion, who has seen the need to preserve and record the history of, and way of life in, his town and he tells the story through these artefacts. In the 1980’s, Michael Bob Campion started to develop an interest in old gadgets and local history, especially as recorded in old photographs about Durrow, local people and events around the area over the last 100 years. The exhibits reflect very much the enthusiasm Michael has towards old bygones, or the things used by people in their daily lives.
The Museum artefacts and printed ephemera have been acquired through private purchase and donations. The museum is presented as a visual commentary on life in the village of Durrow and surrounding area over the past 100 years. As is true of many Collectors, Mr. Campion has focused his resources on managing and displaying the artefacts. However, conscious of the fact that he himself is the museum catalogue, he is anxious that the information he mentally holds regarding each acquisition is properly documented and recorded in accordance with current museum standards, and that in undertaking this task in line with IMA guidance, the collection is accessible and sustainable to a wider audience for posterity through this Visitor Guide, as well as the Museum’s Inventory.
Bob continues to collect material and is delighted to share his findings with visitors to the Museum. Groups are encouraged to visit and learn about life in Durrow from bygone days. The museum is located in the Maisie Campion Room and the Old Boat House, but visitors will find more materials scattered throughout the Bar area as well.
Jack Moyney Snug
Jack Moyney is a relative of The Campions formally from Rathdowney, Co. Laois who served in the Irish Guards during WW1.
The Victoria Cross was awarded to Jack for being in command of 15 men forming two advanced posts. Surrounded by the enemy he held his post for 96 hours, having no water and very little food. On the fifth day, on the enemy advancing to dislodge him, he attacked them with bombs, while also using his Lewis gun with great effect. Finding himself surrounded, he led his men in a charge through the enemy and reached a stream, where he and private Thomas Woodcock covered his party while they crossed unscathed, before crossing themselves under a shower of bullets.
Kevin Myers officially opened the snug on 5th July 2014 and it has attracted a lot of visitors since. It includes both a visual & audio guide and many interesting world war I artifacts .
A definite must see if in Durrow.
Enquiries to: Bob Campion, Bob’s Bar, The Old Bridge, Durrow, Co. Laois.
Phone: International: +353 87 6165484 Local: (087) 6165484.