Happy Christmas 2011

Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood will close today and will reopen on Tuesday 27th December 2011. We would like to wish all our visitors, volunteers and supporters a very Happy Christmas.

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Christening Robe Collection

Angela Somerfield donated this beautiful christening robe to Tara’s Palace. The robe dates from the 1920’s and belonged to Angela’s aunt who was a nurse and worked for Lord and Lady Redesdale. Lord Redesdale is also known as The Hon David Freeman-Mitford. The Mitfords are a family of Northumberland landed gentry, dating back to the 14th century.

The couple had one son and six daughters, who all used the surname Mitford rather than Freeman-Mitford. The girls were known collectively as the Mitford Sisters. Nancy and Jessica became well-known writers. It is thought the dress was worn by several of the Mitford children.

A collection of Christening Robes is now on display at Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood, Powerscourt House, Wicklow.

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Our Christmas Charity for 2011.

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We have a Winner!

The winner of the Name the Doll Competition is Elizabeth Whiston with her entry of “Gwendolyn”. We picked this name because of its close association with the museum. During the summer of 1907 in Dublin, a little girl called Gwendolyn, aged 3, declared to her father, Sir Neville Wilkinson, that she saw a fairy disappear among the moss at the bottom of an old sycamore tree. Sir Neville promised his daughter that she would see the home to which the fairy had returned. He then set in motion the creation of a miniature palace called Titania’s Palace, and commissioned James Hicks of Dublin to create the exterior. It was through the loss of Titania’s Palace from Ireland to Denmark in 1967 that Mr Ron McDonnell was inspired to build another miniature Palace and thus began the story of Tara’s Palace.

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Miniature Making Classes at Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood

Create your own miniatures in a relaxed atmosphere with Mary Cairns, a local artisan from Bray, Co. Dublin.  The classes will run for 6 weeks from November 2nd to December 7th 2011.

Classes will be on Wednesday afternoons from 3.30 to 5pm.

The cost is €60 for the course. Materials will be extra.

Places on the course are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment. Call Nicola on 086 8607068 or email marketing@taraspalace.ie

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Halloween, October 31st 2012

Face Painting and Costume Competition:
Come along to the Museum between 2.30 and 4.30 in your
Halloween costume and get your face painted for ‘Trick or Treating’!
During the month of October try our Halloween Quiz and enter our Pumpkin Competition!
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COMPETITION – Name our Doll – Sponsored by Emilia’s Ristorante, Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow

Help us name our most recent addition. This beautiful doll is German, by Simon & Halbig, and dates from c.1900, meaning she is now approx. 110 years old – difficult to believe from the beautiful picture.

The doll has a bisque porcelain head, open mouth, finely painted lashes and brows, and pierced ears.

We would like to thank Emilia’s Ristorante, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow for sponsoring this competition. The winner will receive a €50 voucher for Emilia’s Ristorante. To enter the competition fill in the form below. Please see terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Competition closes at 12 noon October 14th 2011.
Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.
The winner will be notified by email.
Employees of Tara’s Palace and Emilia’s Restaurant not eligible to enter.

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