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John Hamilton Exhibition

In collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland.

Saturday 2nd March

Runs From: 09:00 to 16:00

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre welcome you all along to this spectacular exhibition showcasing the life and work of craftsman John Hamilton. 

In 1946, it was brought to the attention of the National Museum of Ireland, the existence of a skilled wooden sieve maker still actively engaged in his craft named John Hamilton. In the summer of 1948, the National Museum of Ireland visited John Hamilton at his home in Kitchenstown, Naul and documented and filmed the entire process of sieve making as performed by the talented craftsman. This is where he was taught the craft of sieve-making from an Irish traveller known as “The Twigger” who periodically visited Naul to make and sell the sieves. For many years John made the sieves in his spare time of which he had little and sold the sieves in the nearby town of Balbriggan.


After the film was made, Hamilton donated may of his tools and sieves to the museum’s Folklife collection. A selection of these objects, along with film footage and photographs of the entire process of sieve making will be on display at The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre on Saturday March 2nd.

This exhibition is free to attend.

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