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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  • Ennis is situated on the river Fergus and is a lively town situated between Galway and Limerick. The little Claire Museum, O'Connell Street, is located in the same building where you will find the tourist office, and shows the history of County Clare, from 8000 years ago until the present day. Presents a series of original artefacts, passing from age to age, shows visitors the story of Ennis and environs. Interesting enough.
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  • Dropped in to visit the museum as we had intended to take the nearby walking history tour but, unfortunately, the tour doesn't happen during January. We were warmly welcomed into the museum and invite...  more »
  • WIth people, even state museums, now charging for entry it is hard to believe this place is free. We were advised to visit when at wWorkhouse centre in Portumna as we were heading south and had no clu...  more »
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  • Great museum. It was free admission which made it even better. A lot of reading and interesting artefacts. The first floor is mostly artefacts such as spearheads, shields as well as Daniel O'Connell's coat. On the second floor there was more a focus on the sea aspect such as emigration as well as piece of a boat from the Spanish armada. You'll probably be here, if you're a diligent museum goer, you'll probably be here for around an hour and 45 minutes.
  • Small but good. When I visited, they had a collection of bronze and iron age artifcts on loan from Dublin, bronze axes, Spears, arrow heads, coins, and other interesting pieces; complimenting their own local historical objects. I highly recommend a visit.
  • Museum is completely for free, filled with info about history. Tablets and listenable info about Ireland's history.
  • Small Museum but great information. Could bring a lot knowledge about history of Ennis. Worth to visit when coming to Ennis. And ticket is free.
  • Very interesting and the staff were friendly and helpful
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