With an ever-changing menu, comfortable environment, loyalty cards, free Wi-Fi and a friendly staff, The Rua Red Café is the ideal meeting spot for a business coffee or lunch with friends.

The Rua Red Café provides high quality coffee (served by fully trained baristas), a range of hot and cold drinks, gourmet sandwiches, soups and hot savories and salads – all available as a take away service.

The Café, situated on the ground floor, is the perfect venue for smaller events, catering for 55 seated guests and 100 standing with a small outdoor decking area. Flooded with natural light, courtesy of floor to ceiling wraparound windows, the Café is available for reservations throughout the day and can be hired after 5pm for private functions, parties and events. Previous catered events have included retirement parties, exhibition openings, full day seminars and product launches.

A full catering menu with pricing options is available on request. 10% discount on catering when booked in conjunction with meeting room.

Café Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 4pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 3pm

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Lost Images of the Narcirema

Darina Meagher

Month of October

The lost images on display enlighten us to an astonishing ancient tribe and their disturbing body rituals. The images appear to authenticate a major anthropological study* from the 1950’s by the eminent anthropologist, Horace Milner.

“The anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different people behave in similar situations that he is not apt to be surprised by even the most exotic customs. In fact, if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, he is apt to suspect that they must be present in some yet undescribed tribe. …. In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go.”

Discovered in a disused attic space at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise.

All of the items displayed were found crated and carefully wrapped in a type of parchment, they have been authenticated and infrared tested for exact dating and materials used, it is still unsure whether they were painted by tribe members or an assistant of the anthropologist Horace Miner, they appear to date from the late 20th Century.

From: (Body Ritual among the Nacirema." Horace Miner, Published in The American Anthropologist, vol. 58 (1956), pp. 503-507)