National Print Museum

We are confirmed for Saturday March 23 at a concession price of euro 2 per person.  Group is limited to 20 persons. Tour starts at 3pm, so let's meet outside the Museum at 2:45pm.

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Hidden at the back in the former garrison chapel at Beggar’s Bush is the National Print Museum. It essentially consists of a collection of different printing machines, including many that once belonged to Irish newspapers. On a guided tour we will get a well-explained description of every machine, an explanation of the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s ” as well as the chance to do your own typeset printing.

You don’t have to be into printing to enjoy this quirky little museum. First we will watch a video relating to printing and its place in Irish history, then take a wander amid the smell of ink and metal, and through the various antique presses that are still worked for small jobs by a couple of retired printers doing it for the love of the craft. The guides are excellent and can tailor the tours to suit our special interests – for example, anyone interested in history can get a detailed account of the difficulties encountered by the rebels of 1916 when they tried to get the proclamation printed. Upstairs, there are lots of old newspaper pages recording important episodes in Irish history over the last century.

Unlike a lot of museums, here you can more or less touch all the exhibits and with all the various buttons and levers, it’s the sort of place that brings out your own inner child.

Meetup will be updated shortly with a suggested date and meet up location, soon as guide can confirm availability. But it will be a Saturday afternoon meetup. There will be a nominal charge for the tour, payable on the day, to the museum, no more than €3.50.

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  • Maria B.

    enjoyed visit to print museum & catch up in beggers bush afterwards Cheers

    Maria Bren

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Carl M

    As I live in Beggars Bush, I'll join you guys in the coffee shop after your tour of the museum.

    March 23, 2013

    • Mary

      Carl, thanks for joining in yesterday and for the tour you gave us around the barracks. See you again.

      March 24, 2013

  • joantaaffe

    HI Mary many thanks for yesterday it was great never thought so
    much hard work went in to printing the daily news paper .Lovely
    talking to you about old times hope to see you again soon.

    Joan T

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Mary

      Likewise Joan. Our conversation brought back lots of great childhood memories of growing up on Mount Street. Little did we know then the history that had taken place under our very feet, particularly at Mount Street Bridge. See you very soon.

      1 · March 24, 2013

  • Mary

    Thanks to those who made the effort to come out on a bitterly cold day. 14 was a great number. A fun and lively group, not short of a bit of chat! Was great to thaw out in Ryan's next door following a very relaxing and insightful view to the evolution of the print industry in Ireland. I was personally fascinated by the history behind the printing of the Proclamation.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Geraldine M

    Very interesting trip to this museum - the guide was very knowledgeable & friendly, the surrounding Beggars Bush area is worth a visit in itself. Enhjoyed the coffee 'n chat in adjacent pub too.

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im changing my RSVP as I ve got the chance to go to the Robert Emmet Play in Arthurs pub and will not get a chance to see it again, will meet the group for another event. Enjoy

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Niall L.

      Hope you enjoy the play, its really good

      March 23, 2013

  • Mary

    Would be a shame not to finish off our visit to Beggars Bush without a stop into Ryan's Pub, adjacent to Print Museum, for a beverage of choice. Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for a fun afternoon ... If you are running late, just let the folks at reception know you are part of meetup group to avail of concession price. Mary http://beggarsbush.com/history/

    March 22, 2013

  • Mick

    I have to change my RSVP to no because my mother is unwell at the moment and as her carer I cannot be certain of being able to attend this event

    March 21, 2013

    • Niall L.

      Hope your Mum well Mick

      March 21, 2013

    • Mick

      Thanks for the good wishes and Sure thing Noel- Come on ye Boys in Blue!

      March 22, 2013

  • Teresa M

    Apologies for cancellation due to illness

    March 21, 2013

    • Mary

      Feel better Teresa.

      March 21, 2013

  • Stephan

    My travel plans have changed and will now keep me out of Dublin this week. Sorry to miss this outing.

    March 18, 2013

  • Keith D.

    I can't go unfortunately due to work :/

    March 14, 2013

  • Christine

    Sorry, am heading away so can't join ye. Have fun!

    March 4, 2013

  • Mark

    Ah sure why not?

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Mary

      Seriously Mark....no don't put yourself out!! Glad to have your onboard.

      1 · February 21, 2013

    • Mark

      Dammit, I can't go now, I have to work instead ;(

      February 26, 2013

  • Mark

    Have to pull out, due to work commitments. Oh well, hope you have fun!

    February 26, 2013

  • alma s.

    I recently heard about this place, i never knew it existed, looking forward to the tour

    February 23, 2013

  • Geraldine M

    I hear this is very interesting place - looking forward to it.

    February 21, 2013

  • Corina

    That's a pity. I was thinking to put it up myself later in the year, when I am free again. I used to work there and still know some of the retired printer who run demonstrations. Was going to ask one of them for a demo, but I can't make it that Saturday.

    February 21, 2013

    • Mary

      Hi Corina ... I think you should repeat it later in the year for folks who can't make the time around; new folks who will join our exciting group and those of us who are big fans of you...me included!

      February 21, 2013

    • Corina

      Thanks Mary :-). I haven’t seen the new layout and film myself. They changed and re-launched it last year

      February 21, 2013

  • Christine

    Thanks Mary, great idea!

    February 20, 2013

  • Mary changed the time from 3:00 PM to 2:45 PM

    February 20, 2013

  • Mary changed the date and time to Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    February 20, 2013

  • Keith D.

    Sounds like a gud idea. Never knew 'bout this place.

    February 19, 2013

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