The Jackie Clarke Collection is located in the heart of Ballina. It is the single most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands.
The Collection comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years contains an eclectic mixture of artefacts, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, rare books, pamphlets, handbills associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone, letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa. It also contains works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising.
The Collection is located in the stunning old Hibernian Bank which is a beautiful building in its own right. The main exhibit space showcases the treasures with an interactive touch screen illustrating and detailing hundreds more items. In addition, the museum is home to an original 1916 Proclamation of Independence. Stored in an old cast iron bank vault, this is an experience not to be missed.
This exhibition also displays some key items that Jackie’s determination and genius for finding rare and unique material. Additionally, it presents a fascinating short film on how Jackie Clarke put his historic collection of heritage artefacts together.
The museum remains at the heart of the community, with many events hosted here throughout the year. All of which help bring Jackie’s story to life.
The Walled Heritage Garden
Adjacent to the museum building, you’ll find the peaceful community garden. This offers a beautiful oasis of calm where you can also take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the town. Additionally, the Walled Heritage Garden has a proud tradition in the Green Flags for Parks award since 2017, focusing on safety, biodiversity, and community, It was awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2017. It was awarded in recognition of excellence from both a management and sustainability perspective as well as for its quality as a leisure amenity.
The Jackie Clarke Collection Guidebook
The Collection has a visitor guidebook available – click on the image below to view.
Visit the Museum
While booking is not essential, it is advisable to call ahead if you are with a large group. As well as this, specialist tours can be booked in advance by emailing [email protected] or by phoning (096) 73508.
The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland