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Apron

Kiltimagh Railway Museum, County Mayo

Toffee-coloured, almost square piece of coarse weave material with two narrow bands which, when tied at the back, secure the apron in place. While the top 12'' is plain, there is a decorative, hand-worked overlay on the bottom 8'' which doubles as a pocket that was useful for containing items such as clothes pegs, for instance, when putting out the washing.

Aprons were designed to protect the housewife's clothing while doing housework.

This is an example of some of the work carried on by the local ICA in reinventing and finding a new use for something as humble as the sacking that originally contained 1 cwt of potatoes, or indeed flour bags. It was also representative of the frugality of the housewife who threw nothing away. This apron was made from a potato sack, its previous existence enhanced and disguised by the colourful needlework at the bottom, which effectively transformed it into an attractive and functional item of clothing.

This apron is the work of the late Mrs. Moran, Thomas St., Kiltimagh, when she was a member of the local ICA in 1961 and was donated by Mrs Moran in 2002.

Opening Hours

Daily 2pm - 6pm June to September

Come and share our experience for yourselves. You will be most welcome.

Kiltimagh Railway Museum
Kiltimagh
County Mayo
Ireland

Tel: + 353 (0) 94 938 1132
Email: solanb@gofree.indigo.ie

Publications

  • Parish History, Kiltimagh, Our Life and Times, by Peter Sobolewski & Betty Solan. Price £15 (plus postage)
  • Sean Lavan, produced in conjunction with Kiltimagh GAA: Price £3 (plus postage)

| Kiltimagh Museum | Railway History |
| Raftery | Mike Hogarty | Father Denis O'Hara | Gene Tunney | Sean Lavan |

Items of interest to be viewed at Kiltimagh Railway Museum
| Abacus Ball-frame | Apron | Barber's Pole and Chair | Bedspread or Quilt | Bicycle Permit | Clay Pipe | Copying Press | Cosmetics | Doll | Farming Implements | Gas Lamp | Gas Meter | Gold medal | Life Jacket | Model Locomotive | Locked draws | Glass Case | Olympic Crest 1924 | Police hat and badge | Pottery Hot Water Bottle | Ration Book | Replicas of Boston Famine Memorial | Scales | Scales for eggs | School Clock | Sculpture of the Station Master | Sketch of Raftery | Staff Key | Sundial | Sword | Wooden Trap | Wooden Cradle |