Irish Examiner, Tuesday, December 5, 2000
The Clare Museum has been awarded second prize with a commendation in the Gulbenkian Foundation & Heritage Councils Museum of the Year Awards 2000. At a ceremony held in Dublin Castle on Wednesday afternoon, the announcement was made by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Síle de Valera.
The Clare Museum was entered in the Smaller Museum category of the competition, which is open to museums North and South of the border and was one of ten entries received. According to Assistant County Manager, Tom Coughlan, "this award is a marvellous achievement for the Clare Museum which only opened its doors a few short weeks ago. It comes in the same week as the town of Ennis took top prize in the region in the Green Towns 2000 Awards for the Millennium Park at the Maid of Erin. This prize is another major success for the Local Authorities in the county and demonstrates the exacting standards that apply in what is undertaken".
Located in one of the most historic sites in Ennis, the former Convent of Mercy, the museum houses the 'Riches of Clare'. Since it opened, it has generated a lot of interest in the locality and from outside the county. The imaginative use of audio-visual equipment and the layout of the artefacts and the thematic approach to its layout have impressed visitors who take the unique journey through the ages in county Clare at the museum.
Curator of the museum, John Rattigan, says, "this award means a great deal especially when one considers that we are only recently opened. I look forward to doing better in the competition in future years but I am really delighted and proud of our performance this year as a newly opened facility".
Minister Sile de Valera
presents a certificate of commendation to John
Rattigan, Curator, and
Tom Coughlan, Assistant