Increased Visits to Clare Museum

The Clare Champion, Friday, March 16, 2012

During the first two months of 2012, over 2,900 people visited Clare Museum in Ennis representing a 31% increase in visitors when compared to January and February last year. These figures continue a trend that began last Autumn following the appointment of an Education Officer through the Jobsbridge Internship programme and volunteer tour guides.

“We have implemented a comprehensive programme of activities so far this year, including a St Bridget’s Day Festival for primary schools and ‘Being an Archaeologist’ for Transition Years” said Museum Curator John Rattigan. ‘Further activities are planned at Easter for schools and young people and around the Bealtaine Festival for both children and senior citizens. There is also a new temporary exhibition in preparation and a public talk on the El Camino de Santiago in the planning stage’.

Recently Clare Museum launched a ‘Recession-busting Schools Package’ for primary schools throughout the Munster area in partnership with Ennis Walking Tours, Clare Leisure World and Supermac’s while a similar package for Secondary Schools is being finalised. ‘Clare Museum is playing its part in attracting visitors to Ennis as a cultural centre, tourist attraction and an educational resource’ Mr. Rattigan said.

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