Clare County Museum collect, preserve, interpret and display the material culture relating to the history of County Clare, both in the museum building and online,
as an educational resource and a socially inclusive cultural service for the people of Clare and visiting tourists.

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Portrait of a Woman by Frederic William Burton
In 2018, Archaeological Management Solutions Ltd., in Kilrush, County Clare were engaged in monitoring the demolition of Mountrivers Bridge, near Doonbeg. As part of the project, Archaeological Management Solutions Ltd., was charged with an architectural heritage survey of the bridge, to record it for posterity. It was during this work that archaeologists discovered some interesting graffiti on the concrete coping of the parapet. ‘FREE StAtER’ had been etched into the cement when it was still wet, indicating a connection to the Irish Civil War (1922-1923).
In this video, AMS archaeologist Bryn Coldrick tells the story, while the graffiti etching is now part of the collection at Clare Museum in Ennis.
Clare Museum recently acquired ‘Portrait of a Woman’ a watercolour by Frederic William Burton, painted in 1849. Burton was born in County Wicklow, but his childhood was spent at Clifden House, Corofin, an experience which influenced his work. He would go on to become a significant 19th century portrait painter and Director of the National Gallery, London.
Clare Museum would like to thank the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland for funding the purchase of ‘Portrait of Annie Callwell' by the distinguished painter Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) during 2021. The painting is currently with conservators and will go on display in due course.
Clare County Museum is a designated building under the National Cultural Institutions Act and has achieved full accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

Clare County Museum
Arthur’s Row,
County Clare,
V95 EC92

Telephone: 065 - 6823382

Opening Hours

June – September inclusive

Monday to Saturday 9.30 - 17.00
Closed Bank Holiday Weekends (Sat and Mon)

October – May inclusive

Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00
Closed Bank Holiday Weekends (Sat and Mon)

Last admission before lunch is 12.30pm and 17.00pm in the evening. Admission is free.



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