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Vandeleur Photographs Move to Clare Museum

Clare Champion, Friday, 28th September 2007

The Vandeleur Photographic Collection, featuring over 300 images of different members of the famous Kilrush-based Vandeleur family, was officially launched at the Clare Museum this week by Mayor of Clare, Patricia McCarthy.

The exhibition moves to the Ennis-based museum following a successful two-week showing at the Vandeleur Walled Gardens in Kilrush. The collection contains images of members of the Vandeleur family along with their relatives and friends dating from 1857 to 1871.

Councillor McCarthy said, "This photographic collection is an important window into a period of our history. History is what forms us and makes us what we are".

Rene Franklin, Clare County Archivist, said, "The Vandeleur Photographic Collection is of great historical importance as it reveals much about both the public and private lives of one of County Clare's most influential families in the years after the famine. The collection provides a rare and fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the Vandeleurs, their homes, leisure activities, families and friends, travels and fashions, at a time when the rest of the county was struggling to survive".

The collection will remain on display at Clare Museum until mid October.

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