Museum Takes you on a Magical History Tour
By Gordon Deegan
Irish Examiner, Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Ms. Síle de Valera, formally opened the Clare County Museum in Ennis. Minister de Valera said it is important that "we build the infrastructure for arts and culture around the country, and I am very pleased with the progress in Clare". Ms. de Valera said it was her hope that all Clare artefacts currently kept in the National Museum in Dublin could now be relocated to Ennis. She said the museum will compliment the proposed £3.5m. International Folk Music Centre, which is to be build a shkort distance from the museum. Ms. de Valera said she was confident that the museum would create extra tourism in Clare.
Among those in attendance were the County Manager, Willie Moloney, the Council Chairman, Sean Hillery, the Assistant County Manager and Town Manager, Tom Coughlan, and the Chairman of Ennis Urban District Council, Frankie Neylon.
Visitors to the museum will be able to view finds from key archaeological sites, learn of the rich variety of religious sites once located in Clare, and hear the folk tales and legends of Clare. Visitors can also uncover the links between Clare and the Spanish Armada, and learn about the history of emigration from the county.