Clare Treasures on the Road

Clare Champion, Friday, November 21, 2003

An exhibition of artifacts from the store of Clare Museum has gone on display at the branch libraries at Shannon and Kilkee.

The exhibition in Shannon features medals boasting interesting histories of Claremen and women over the last 120 years.

Among the exhibits is a Gold Red Cross Medal. This was presented to Josephine Canny from Mountshannon who served with the Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Corps during World War II, the only such medal to be awarded to an Irish person.

The exhibition at Kilkee Library is more varied and includes a paperweight presented to Dr Patrick Hillery while President of Ireland by US President Ronald Reagan in 1984, a pair of War of Independence Medals, and a Bulldog revolver dating from the 19th century.

Clare Museum Curator, John Rattigan and Tomás Mac Conmara with two of the exhibits
"Clare Museum Curator, John Rattigan and Tomás Mac Conmara with two of the exhibits which will be on display at libraries in Kilkee and Shannon"

“The exhibition is part of an outreach initiative by Clare Museum to the people of Shannon and Kilkee” says Museum Curator, John Rattigan.

“It is intended to change exhibits about four times a year, using artifacts that would not otherwise be accessible to the public”.

In a novel development, the public is invited to log on to the museum website - vwww.clarelibrary.ie - to find information and interesting links about the artifacts displayed.

The exhibition, which runs until January, also includes a quiz for local schools visiting both Shannon and Kilkee libraries with a prize for the winner.

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