Clare Courier, March 1, 2002
A new website for Clare Museum has been launched by Minister Sile de Valera. The site is a truly comprehensive and interactive website.
The first message received once the website went live was from Ms Pat Brady of Australia, who had recently donated her Clare-born grandfather's indenture, dating from 1876.
"My sister Joanne and I have viewed your website where you have placed grandfather Browne's indenture and photo. We just want to let you know what a wonderful experience it was to see them there on the web for all to view them. We were quite thrilled and very much affirmed in our decision to entrust these precious things to your care", said Ms Brady.
The second message received came from local historian Martin Breen, "I have just been checking the museum site, and have to offer my congratulations. The quality of the photos and their enlargement is unbelievable. It is really a super site".
These two messages show that this website can bring the museum into your home or school, irrespective of where you live.
The museum website is fully integrated into the library site which contains a host of information on the culture, archaeology, history, and topography of County Clare.
Minister de Valera used the opportunity to designate Clare Museum under the Cultural Institutions Act (1997). Under this legislation, Clare Museum is now a recognised repository of archaeological artifacts and places the museum amongst the premiership of museums in the country.
Museum curator John Rattigan, was conferred with designation under the National Monuments Act (1994) which he considers a great honour. "As a designated person under the Act, I am allowed to collect artifacts on behalf of the Director of the National Museum of Ireland. It also provides me with a platform to develop community relations, providing advice to developers and farmers with regard to the conservation of National Monuments".