Culture Night was lively, hospitable and varied at The Mendicity Institution. We challenge visitors to consume our Ox Head Gruel that was the staple sustenance for the ‘paupers’ back in the day. To balance that we serve a delicious leek an potato soup served with delicious Manning’s breads.
The 1916 Garrison Relatives stand and our own History stand where our fascinating history is outlined. We also exhibited some of our precious written records. They are recorded in falteringly immaculate copper plate writing, visitors got a chance to emulate it using dip pens.
There were two costumed re-enactments, firstly we re-re-create a nineteenth century welfare interview and then we re-created the last moments of 1916 leader Sean Heuston as he awaits execution in his cell.
Finally visitors had the opportunity to browse our craft products made in our present day workshop and learn about the work we are doing today to enhance the life of the city.