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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  • August 17, 2017
    Teenagers enjoyed the museum immensely. Some very interesting attractions and we were serenaded with a cattle horn!  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    This museum is next to the tourist information center in town. Displays are well lit and very informative. Exhibits start on the ground floor with displays and artifacts from the earliest people who l...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    This is a free visitor attraction in the centre of the town and is a pleasant way to spend a half an hour.  more »
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  • September 2, 2016
    I absolutely love this place. One of my very favourite things to do is call into the museum and chat to the very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Top marks for the best museum in the county.
  • July 12, 2016
    A small well laid out museum with good information on the history and lives of the people in Clare in times past. A good model for other counties to follow.
  • May 26, 2017
    Nice and small and free
  • June 22, 2016
    A great local museum and friendly knowledgeable staff.

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