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.
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.