Kinmonth’s book Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950 won awards and was followed by Irish Rural Interiors in Art (both published by Yale University Press, 1993 & 2006). These publications spurred her exhibitions of Irish genre paintings, with furniture, in for example Cork’s Crawford Gallery (2006), Dublin’s National Gallery (2007) & The McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College (2012). Her Moore Institute Research Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway, facilitated ground-breaking research on Noggins (traditional wooden vessels for eating and drinking), and horn spoons. Her work on Noggins won the Paul Johnston 2016 Essay award (€1,000). She has worked at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Sir John Soane’s Museum. She is currently Research Curator (Domestic Life) at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Cork Public Museum employs her as Conservation Consultant, work she also does for Cork Butter Museum. In 2018 she received the Royal Dublin Society’s Crafts Bursary, in their Library and Archives, and was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She lectures widely and broadcasts for television, film and radio.
This old piece of film reveals a bit about my early association with things to do with horses. I knew this skewbald mare, that drew the cart to the creamery near Union Hall, West Cork. As a child it was a great day whenever I accompanied the farmers on the trip to the creamery: watch the fascinating processes, enjoy the journey there and back.