Clare Museum is Second Most Visited

Clare People Weekender, Friday, 5th January 2007

Tom McCullough

THE Clare Museum at Templegate Plaza in Ennis is Ireland’s second most visited local authority museum with a total of 39,500 visitors putting it ahead of eleven other similar facilities throughout the country. According to curator John Rattigan, the Clare museum was only behind Cork public museum, which had 55,000 visitors in 2006 and ahead of Waterford and Kerry with 27,000 and 35,000 visitors each.

The Clare embroidery exhibition and the Ennis bypass exhibition’ drew thousands of additional visitors and the continued development of the Clare Heritage Circle, of which Clare museum is a founding member, also contributed to its growth. An outreach project at Raheen Daycare Centre in Tuamgraney and outreach work with the Clare Adult Basic Education Service further underlined the museum’s desire to promote social inclusion as well as the heritage and history of Clare within
the wider community.

More than 1,700 school-children from 36 national and secondary schools in Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Meath and Offaly visited the museum last year and the influx of younger visitors was complimented by the hugely successful website quiz, held in association with Clare Education Centre.

The museum has recently been successful in its application to become a participant in the Heritage Council’s Standards and Accreditation Scheme which will begin later this year.

The policy of hosting regular high profile temporary exhibitions is set to continue this year with an exhibition celebrating the life of Dr Brendan O’Regan, one of Ireland’s most noted peace ambassadors and initiators of commercial and industrial initiatives.

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