Reflections on Clare’s History

Clare Champion, Friday, February 20, 2004

Artifacts reflecting the history of county Clare are currently on display at the branch libraries at Shannon and Kilkee.

At Shannon Library, the sporting history of Clare is reflected in a display of objects. These include an Australian Rules Football, a Munster Railway Cup jersey from 1984, and an Irish Compromise Rules Jersey 1987, all collected by former inter-county football star Noel Roche.

Also in the sport collection is an athletics trophy presented to James Halpin, the winner of the 440 yard flat handicap at Tradaree in 1878. James Halpin later went on to become MP for West Clare from 1906-1909.

In Kilkee library, a collection of medals that boast interesting histories of Claremen and women over the last 120 years is currently on display.

The exhibition includes World War 1 service medals, a Boxer Rebellion medal and a gold Irish dancing medal from 1903.

But perhaps the most interesting decoration is a Gold Red Cross medal, presented to Josephine Canny from Mountshannon who served with the Queen Alexandra’s nursing corps during World War II, the only such medal to be awarded to an Irish person.

Both exhibitions will run until May.

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