Clare County Museum

...to collect, preserve, interpret and display the material culture relating to the history of County Clare, both in the museum building and online,
as an educational resource and a socially inclusive cultural service for the people of Clare and visiting tourists.



Clare County Museum Events 2019

See also Arts Office Events for exhibitions taking place in the Museum throughout the year.


Wednesday, December 11th 2019
The archaeology, history and folklore of caves in County Clare.
Monthly Lecutre Series 2019
Clare County Museum

Clare has the highest concentration of caves in Ireland due to the abundance of limestone. This talk will explore the various ways that humans have engaged with caves in the county over the past 12,500 years. One of the most exciting archaeological discoveries in recent years has been evidence for the first Upper Palaeolithic human occupation of Ireland, which came from Alice and Gwendoline Cave outside Clarecastle. In the Bronze Age, sites such as Robber’s Den and Glencurran Cave in the Burren were used for burial and ritual. In historic times, several caves have produced evidence for early medieval settlement, with some notable Viking finds from two caves. Caves in Clare were also used as hideouts during the War of Independence. Folklore also provides interesting insights into how caves were perceived by people in recent centuries. Dr. Marion Dowd is a lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at IT Sligo.


Wednesday, November 13th 2019
Clare Songs Of Independence
Monthly Lecutre Series 2019
Clare County Museum

The joy of the show for me as a writer and performer is a chance to shine a light on these incredibly talented people, visionaries, yes dreamers, arists, writers and nationalists to the core with a love of all things Irish, language, music and culture. Their life was dedicated to de anglezisation of Ireland after centuries of a foreign rule. Quite incredible story. Hope you get to see one of the shows. Mike Mike Hanrahan. Born into a musical family in Ennis, Co Clare, Hanrahan was surrounded by music and encouraged to take up instruments at a young age. In 1977, Hanrahan began his professional career with Maura O’Connell in a duo called Tumbleweed touring the Irish folk circuit. His brother Kieran had founded the band Stockton’s Wing and, in 1980, Hanrahan joined the band and over the next 15 years he toured extensively throughout Europe and the UK and wrote many of their songs


Wednesday, October 16th 2019
Clare-Related Objects in Limerick Museum: A lecture by Dr Matthew Potter, Curator, The Limerick Museum
Monthly Lecutre Series 2019
Clare County Museum

This lecture will consist of a brief history of Limerick Museum and its collection policy. This will be followed by an examination of some of the Clare-related objects in the collection of Limerick Museum.


Wednesday, Sepember 11th 2019
Western influences on Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), artist, antiquarian, director. Monthly Lecutre Series 2019
Clare County Museum

This illustrated talk by Dr. Marie Bourke explores Frederic William Burton’s early years in Co Clare and his early works depicting the West of Ireland, in the company of George Petrie. His career brought him to Germany and London, where he became a distinguished artist before he was appointed Director of the English National Gallery.
Dr. Marie Bourke was Keeper and Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland. A former chair of the Irish Museums Association and Adjunct Professor in UCD. She is currently on the board of the Heritage Council and curated the recent Burton Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland.


Wednesday, August 21st 2019
'When fresh memories set hard - Civil War Graffiti at Mountrivers Bridge, Doonbeg, Co. Clare'.
Monthly Lecutre Series 2019
Clare County Museum

This is a public talk on newly discovered Civil War graffiti on Mountrivers Bridge. Graffiti was discovered etched into the concrete on the parapet. The term ‘Free Stater’ and other marks were recorded, and following consultation with the National Museum of Ireland, the object now resides in the Clare County Museum. This illustrated talk, organised in co-operation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, who funded the works, will address the possible provenance of the graffiti, its significance to the local community, and its historical context in relation to the War of Independence and Civil War in West Clare. Bryn Coldrick is a heritage consultant, local historian and private tour-guide. He has worked in heritage in Ireland and Australia for over 20 years, including for the OPW, Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs and in the private sector. He has presented at local and international conferences and historical society meetings, drawing on his experiences working with Aboriginal communities in Western Australia and his historical research interests in Ireland. He is currently EIA Manager with Archaeological Management Solutions Ltd (an archaeological consultancy based in Kilrush, Co. Clare) and Director of Ancestral Voices Ltd (a private tour-guiding company based in Banagher, Co. Offaly).

Friday, 23rd August 2019
"Kindness Rocks" Kids Workshop: A Heritage Week Event
Clare County Museum, 10:30am - 12pm

Kindness Rocks are a wonderful way to spread joy and leave encouraging messages for others. Children will paint their own “kind” messages, and also create their own “Uniquely Me” board to support positive self-image and compassion.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Ground Floor Public Tour: A Heritage Week Event
Clare County Museum, 11am - 12pm

This tour will provide the visitor with an opportunity to learn about Irish history, from the first settlers to the era of Irish independence, in an informal and interactive discussion.

Wednesday, 21st August 2019
When fresh memories set hard - Civil War Graffiti at Mountrivers Bridge, Doonbeg, Co. Clare: A Heritage Week Event
Clare County Museum, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

This illustrated talk, organised in co-operation with Transport Infrastructure Ireland who funded the works, will address the possible provenance of the graffiti, its significance to the local community, and its historical context in relation to the War of Independence and Civil War in West Clare

Tuesday, 20th August 2019
Ground Floor Public Tour: A Heritage Week Event
Clare County Museum, 11am - 12pm

This tour will provide the visitor with an opportunity to learn about Irish history, from the first settlers to the era of Irish independence, in an informal and interactive discussion.

Monday, 19th August 2019
"Kindness Rocks" Kids Workshop: A Heritage Week Event
Clare County Museum, 10:30am - 12pm

Kindness Rocks are a wonderful way to spread joy and leave encouraging messages for others. Children will paint their own “kind” messages, and also create their own “Uniquely Me” board to support positive self-image and compassion.



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Clare County Museum
Arthur’s Row,
Ennis,
County Clare,
Ireland,
V95 EC92

Telephone: 065 - 6823382
Email: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 – 17.30

(Closed 1-2 and Bank Holiday Saturdays)

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