The Clare Museum, Ennis

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Clare Museum is a museum which documents the history of County Clare. The Museum is housed in the former Sisters of Mercy Convent in the centre of Ennis.HistoryThe building in which the Museum is housed was originally a Sisters of Mercy school and chapel dating from 1854. Daniel O'Connell's cousin Charles O'Connell often visited the convent during his campaign for Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s. The section of the building that contains the Museum was built as a primary school in 1865, and a chapel and classrooms added in 1869.The Museum is run by the local authority. It was developed through Ennis Urban District Council with Clare County Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, under the Department’s Cultural Development Incentive Scheme under the Operational Programme for Tourism 1994 - 1999. The chapel and school buildings where refurbished and restored, and the Museum was opened to the public in October 2000.ContentsThe Museum's collections document the history of County Clare over 6000 years. One permanent gallery displays some of these objects in an exhibition called The Riches of Clare, which occupies two galleries. The objects included are from archaeological sites, social history, religious sites, agricultural history, Clare's association with the Spanish Armada, Clare's musical tradition, and collections relating to Éamon de Valera. The display also contains the journal of former IRA volunteer and TD Patrick Brennan, and an exhibition of the 1914 All-Ireland Hurling Championship Senior and Junior teams.
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  • We visited the Clare Museum with a class of 6th class students as part of a history programme. John Rattigan was so helpful and provided the students with a valuable experience of seeing some...  more »
  • We visited the Clare Museum as part of a history project. We had a class of 12 year olds who were researching Clare and the War of Independence. Curator John Rattigan met us and gave us a very...  more »
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  • Great local collection from very early ( pre historic ) and though the centuries. Well worth a visit if your interested in history. Centre of Ennis car park very close
  • Lovely art exhibition in the main foyer. Went on tour of museum, very interesting and lots of interactive screens. Children would enjoy this place too.

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