COUNTY Museum curator Brian Walsh said it was fitting that the long-awaited MacArdle Moore exhibition room should open 10 years on from the closure of the brewery.
In his address to former workers at the Ardee Road brewery on Friday, the Galway native noted that the last group shot of staff was taken on May 22 2001, almost exactly 10 years on.
He thanked everyone for coming to what he described as an “auspicious occasion.”
He said that while the museum had focused on other industries in their regular exhibition they were only the “tip of the iceberg” and missed out on the stories and memories that made the MacArdle Moore exhibit unique.
He said that for many people the brewery was “a home away from home” and that he had tried to get that across in the exhibition.
Mr Walsh said he hoped the pictures and artefacts collected would “evoke memories of friends gone and those still here.”
The curator also thanked his staff and all who had assisted with the creation of the exhibition.
The MacArdle Moore exhibition is open to the public from today (Tuesday) with admission to the museum now free of charge.