Junior Chamber to Honour Ten of the Best

Category: Arts and Culture
Nominee: John Rattigan

Clare Champion, Friday, June 29, 2001

A native of Wexford, John graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology from U.C.C. as a mature student in 1995. He served as a registrar in Cork Public Museum (1995-1997) and the County Museum Dundalk (1997-2000) before taking up the position of Curator at the unopened Riches of Clare museum, Ennis in March 2000.

His involvement in the project came at a critical time, as he oversaw and supervised the different elements of the design team as they each put their completed contributions in place. He secured a large collection of Clare artefacts on permanent loan from the National Museum of Ireland, which involved prolonged negotiations with the MNI and also ensuring that the museum achieved all the environmental and security requirements set down. This collection of nationally important objects forms the backbone of the Riches of Clare exhbiition and is the largest such loan ever granted to regional museum by the national institution.

The Museum opened to the public in October 2000 as only the tenth local authority run museum in the country. Recognition of what had been achieved came in November 2000 when the Irish Museums Association/Gulbenkian Awards Committee awarded the Riches of Clare a special commendation in their Best Smaller Museum category.

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