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Jackie Clarke Library sees jump in numbers visiting

Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The Jackie Clarke Museum in Ballina. Photo: Mayo.ie

The Jackie Clarke Collection and Library in Ballina has seen a steady increase in the numbers of visitors coming through its doors over the past number of years, but further investment and planning is needed to ensure the library is able to reach its full potential, it was said this week.

The collection has been described as the most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising more than 100,000 items spanning 400 years. It includes artefacts associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt; and O’Donovan Rossa. It also contains rare books, an original 1916 Proclamation, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material, and personal items from leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The manager of the library Edel Golden gave the members of the Ballina Municipal District an update on the library at their July meeting this week. Outlining the positive news she told the meeting that in 2014, 15,000 people had gone through the doors of the library, this increased to 23,000 last year, and from January until July 15 this year 18,203 had visited the library, with the 1916 Commemorations playing a large part in that increase.


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