The Johnstown Castle Estate near the town of Wexford on the east coast of Ireland was gifted to the Irish nation in 1945 and government departments occupy parts of the nineteenth century Gothic revival castle. The Irish Agricultural Museum is housed in the castle’s outbuildings and was opened in 1971. Its collections include large numbers of restored tractors, carts, ploughs, threshing machines and portable engines. There are also displays of dairy equipment and workshops of coopers, wheelwrights and blacksmiths have been reconstructed. One section shows how sugar beet was farmed and processed in Ireland, and another displays bicycles, including those made by the Pierce company of Wexford who diversified from agricultural machinery, but failed due to competition from imports. There are also displays on the impact of the Great Famine of the 1840s and the history of the Johnstown Castle Estate from the twelfth century to the present.