Jackie Clarke Collection
Jackie Clarke Collection
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  • janiceamurray01
    Western Ireland, Ireland11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best museum ever on the social history of Ireland
    Well this was an amazing place so unexpected. I didn’t even know the place was there and when talking to one of the local ladies who had been extremely helpful to us in giving us directions, even down to escorting us to the area we wanted to go to, I asked what the interesting looking building was and she explained it was the Jackie Clarke collection. We returned next day to visit the place (as we were on a time restricted visit to Ballina) and were pleasant surprised. It has to be the best museum on social history, so many things to read and see, artefacts of many types and a wonderful short film on the history of the man. The staff in the museum were so lovely, very helpful explaining lots about how the museum began, they were very knowledgeable. For anyone interested in the social history of Ireland, 1916 and the civil war, I would urge a visit, Ballina is very lucky to have been able to keep this is the town where it all began. So many things go up to Dublin! So all in all we met some fantastic, really helpful, friendly and knowledgable people and worth a revisit in the future. J A Murray
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Caroline M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    School Visit
    St. Mary's Secondary School visit here with their history students every year. The students are always treated very well and come back to school full of wonderful historical knowledge. Would recommend to any school thinking of going.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Marie M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Experience with Primary School History Trip
    We recently took our Fifth Class pupils on a history field trip to the Jackie Clarke Museum. The facilitator Celine was extremely well prepared and provided the children with a great lesson on 1798. The lesson concluded with interactive work within the museum itself and was greatly assisted by a number of knowledgeable staff.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written March 30, 2024
  • Edel McCreanor
    Sligo, Ireland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional gem in Ballina
    Brought a group of 2nd year students on a trip here, and was blown away with the Collection and the incredibly professional crew working there. The collection itself was so fascinating I kept forgetting I was there to guide students and not just pore over the primary sources myself. We will certaintly bring more groups to this amazing collection, and I will most definitely be back by myself so I can give the wonderful collection the time it deserves. Well done by all, very impressive
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written April 12, 2024
  • Adrian B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    School Trip to Jackie Clarke Museum
    We brought over 60 Transition Year students to the museum this week. It was an informative, interactive and engaging experience for all. It really gave everyone a new perspective on Irish History and the various troubles, rebellions and outcomes of all involved. The many artefacts and themed rooms brought what happened to life and it was superbly run by the staff there. Their expertise was second to none. Will certainly be returning. A gem of a museum, not only in Mayo but in Ireland!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written April 12, 2024
  • paula c
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant visit to Jackie Clarke Museum
    4th class from Behy National School attended the presentation on the Great Famine on April 18th. The children started with a picnic in the beautiful garden. They loved how calm it was even though we were in the centre of Ballina. This was followed by a wonderful presentation by Celene. The children were fascinated by all the local details and the variety of media used: PowerPoint, audio recordings and film. The workbook they received is perfect and the children have been working on it in the classroom. I was very impressed with the amount of information the children brought with them from their time in the Jackie Clarke Museum. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic font of education in our town. Thank you to all the amazing staff. They made all of us feel very welcome.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 29, 2024
  • Sarah
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    School Trip
    The Jackie Clarke Museum is an outstanding free attraction in Ballina that beautifully narrates Ireland's history. It has a diverse array of information and artefacts, it offers an enriching experience. The staff members are truly exceptional, and a special thank you to Celene for expertly coordinating our visit. Our school had a fantastic time, and we're eager to return with more groups in the future.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written May 12, 2024
  • Sophie O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discovery Tour
    I took my 3rd and 4th class pupils to the Discovery Tour in Jackie Clarke Collection. The children had a wonderful day. First they got a tour of the garden containing many native plants, murals and a bug hotel! They watched a clip about Jackie Clarke while answering true or false questions, then did a tour around the house finding different items in their work booklet. They loved playing in the beautiful garden and having their lunch in the outdoor seating area. Celene was a pleasure to coordinate the visit with. She and the other staff there on the way were extremely kind and helpful towards the children. I will definitely return in the future for school visits! What a wonderful resource for learning we have right on our doorstep in Ballina.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written May 28, 2024
  • Mm7
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great school tour
    I recently accompanied my 5th and 6th class to a famine workshop at the Jackie Clarke with Celene. What a great experience, the children really enjoyed the workshop, the way Celene interacted with the children, made the content very accessible to all students and shared key facts of the history of Ireland during this time. The content was also closely linked to the objectives that need to be covered in the History curriculum in relation to the famine. The children were engaged throughout due to the delivery of the content, there was a mixture of talk, powerpoint, videos and voice recordings, as well as a look at the different parts of the museum associated with the famine. We left with many resources such as a two workbooks to take back to the classroom that can be studied even more. I would recommend this workshop to any school wanting a worthwhile and informative History experience outside the classroom.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Michael D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic 1798 Workshop for schoolkids
    Did the 1798 workshop today with my school children. WOW!! 11 year old children engaged for the whole 90 minutes. Not an easy task. But top marks to Celine and all the staff for facilitating such a fascinating workshop. Children went on fact finding mission and came back to school loving the different artefacts. Some liked the Proclamation, others the pike.. Incredible. Thanks so much guys.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written June 11, 2024
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Arron T
County Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Great museum/tour didn’t expect the scale of the exhibit.
Went for an evening, could spend a week going through every detail.
5/5 Would very highly recommend visiting if interest in history/Irish history.
1916 Proclamation a real draw to the experience.
Written June 26, 2021
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Edel McCreanor
Sligo, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Brought a group of 2nd year students on a trip here, and was blown away with the Collection and the incredibly professional crew working there.
The collection itself was so fascinating I kept forgetting I was there to guide students and not just pore over the primary sources myself.
We will certaintly bring more groups to this amazing collection, and I will most definitely be back by myself so I can give the wonderful collection the time it deserves. Well done by all, very impressive
Written April 12, 2024
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Adrian B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
We brought over 60 Transition Year students to the museum this week. It was an informative, interactive and engaging experience for all. It really gave everyone a new perspective on Irish History and the various troubles, rebellions and outcomes of all involved. The many artefacts and themed rooms brought what happened to life and it was superbly run by the staff there. Their expertise was second to none. Will certainly be returning. A gem of a museum, not only in Mayo but in Ireland!
Written April 12, 2024
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Sarah
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
The Jackie Clarke Museum is an outstanding free attraction in Ballina that beautifully narrates Ireland's history. It has a diverse array of information and artefacts, it offers an enriching experience. The staff members are truly exceptional, and a special thank you to Celene for expertly coordinating our visit. Our school had a fantastic time, and we're eager to return with more groups in the future.
Written May 12, 2024
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DevonRed
Trusham, UK624 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Goodness me, what a joy that was!

The scale and variety of what Jackie Clarke collected over the years has been professionally and carefully curated in what is a veritable Aladdin's Cave in the heart of Ballina.

There was enough to keep anyone interested for days if one had the time. Maps, leaflets, posters and not one, but two 1916 original Easter Rising declarations are all highlights. However, for me personally, the highlight was seeing the name of an Uncle, who was included among a list of Ballina men who died in pursuit of an independent Ireland.

This is a wonderful treasure trove of a museum that should be the highlight of any visit to Ballina.
Written July 22, 2022
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paula c
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
4th class from Behy National School attended the presentation on the Great Famine on April 18th. The children started with a picnic in the beautiful garden. They loved how calm it was even though we were in the centre of Ballina. This was followed by a wonderful presentation by Celene. The children were fascinated by all the local details and the variety of media used: PowerPoint, audio recordings and film. The workbook they received is perfect and the children have been working on it in the classroom. I was very impressed with the amount of information the children brought with them from their time in the Jackie Clarke Museum. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic font of education in our town. Thank you to all the amazing staff. They made all of us feel very welcome.
Written April 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

janiceamurray01
Western Ireland, Ireland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Well this was an amazing place so unexpected. I didn’t even know the place was there and when talking to one of the local ladies who had been extremely helpful to us in giving us directions, even down to escorting us to the area we wanted to go to, I asked what the interesting looking building was and she explained it was the Jackie Clarke collection. We returned next day to visit the place (as we were on a time restricted visit to Ballina) and were pleasant surprised. It has to be the best museum on social history, so many things to read and see, artefacts of many types and a wonderful short film on the history of the man. The staff in the museum were so lovely, very helpful explaining lots about how the museum began, they were very knowledgeable. For anyone interested in the social history of Ireland, 1916 and the civil war, I would urge a visit, Ballina is very lucky to have been able to keep this is the town where it all began. So many things go up to Dublin! So all in all we met some fantastic, really helpful, friendly and knowledgable people and worth a revisit in the future. J A Murray
Written October 28, 2023
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Marie M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
We recently took our Fifth Class pupils on a history field trip to the Jackie Clarke Museum. The facilitator Celine was extremely well prepared and provided the children with a great lesson on 1798. The lesson concluded with interactive work within the museum itself and was greatly assisted by a number of knowledgeable staff.
Written March 30, 2024
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Pat K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We found this life enhancing experience on our doorstep, great to see someone famous who lived during our life time. We were meet with by the friendly Sharon who was very courteous and knowledgeable, knew her stuff. Def would go back and recommend it to others
Written May 29, 2023
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Tanya F
Cork, Ireland9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
The senior room.pupils of Attymass National School throughly enjoyed their visit to the Jackie Clarke Museum in May. They received a great welcome and Celine Brenann delivered a very educational and informative presentation to the pupils. Thank you to all the team there .
Written June 17, 2024
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