Fifty thousand items from the National Museum of Ireland will have a new home at Turlough House in Mayo.

The national folklife collection has been stored until now in what was once a reformatory for children at Daingean in County Offaly. The collection is managed by Dermot O'Sullivan. 

Going from a threshing mill down to an old safety pin.

The items are now to go on public display in a 19th century manor in Turlough near Castlebar in County Mayo. 

Minister Síle de Valera today turned the sod on the site for the new museum which will cost £9 million to create.

Dr Patrick Wallce Director of the National Museum of Ireland believes the collection which cannot be seen anywhere else will be a major tourism draw for the Mayo region as well as being of interest to schools.  

Councillor Al McDonnell says that they are expecting in excess of two hundred thousand visitors a year to the new museum and says it will be a huge tourism and financial boost to the town of Castlebar. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 April 1999. The reporter is Jim Fahy.