Clare County Museum - Recent Additions 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.


These binoculars were sent from New York by Mrs Mary Chase to her mother Mrs Anne Foran, Rineen, Miltown Malbay.

A cousin of Anne Foran’s husband, Ned Foran, who lived next door at Rineen was an active member of the IRA and he borrowed the binoculars for use during the Rineen Ambush, which occurred on 22nd September, 1920. This ambush was conducted in revenge for the killing of Martin Devitt, an IRA commander who was shot dead during an IRA action the previous February. A secondary function was to obtain arms and ammunition.

The ambush led to the deaths of four RIC members and one member of the Black and Tans and resulted in the burning of Ennistymon and Lahinch in reprisal, resulting in the loss of life of several innocent civilians. In 1985, a radio documentary about the burning of Ennistymon was broadcast by RTE, and it can be accessed here.


Binoculars 2014.2

Binoculars 2014.2

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