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Following further guidelines from the NI Executive, in response to the most recent public health update, our four museums - Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park - will remain closed for a planned four week period.
Subject :Three men with loys. These farm labourers are probably waiting to be hired for a day's work. They are each holding a spade known as a fack, which was common in the south-east of Ireland. The word fack derives from Irish feac "spade". The one-sided fack is an example of a more widespread spade-type known as a loy, deriving from Irish laí. The men in the painting may well be seasonal migrant workers from the south-west of Ireland, who were known as spailpíní "spalpeens".
Inside of front cover : "Irish Drawings : Waterford : Maria & Louisa Loscombe"...