Now It’s Free in to see the Riches of Clare

Clare Champion, Friday, June 18, 2004

By Austin Hobbs

The Clare Museum should be the first port of call for anyone who wishes to get a bird’s eye view of 6,000 years of Clare history. That’s the verdict of Clare County Council’s community and cultural policy committee on whose recommendation it has been decided to provide free admission to the museum on a trial basis.

In outlining the proposal, council director of services Bernadette Kinsella said, “The abolition of the charges together with the development of the Clare Heritage Circle – a new countywide partnership dedicated to promoting and sharing the unique heritage of Clare – will ensure a far greater number of visitors/school tours for Ennis and the county".

“Research considered by the committee shows that the other local authority museums e.g. Donegal, Cork, Limerick, Monaghan and Clonmel do not charge for visits. The new branch of the National Museum in Mayo is also free to visitors. The committee considers that charging for entry to Clare Museum is counterproductive and a barrier to the greater exploitation of resources and the encouragement of visits”, Ms Kinsella said.

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