Clare Heritage Museum
The Clare Heritage Museum is housed in what was once St Catherine’s Church of Ireland, which was built between 1715 and 1720 by Catherine Keightly – a first cousin of Queens Mary and Anne. Her husband was Lucius O’Brien, the grandson of the famous Maire Rua of Leminagh Castle. The quaint church setting houses a broad range of local and personal artefacts, displayed in old-style, wood-framed cabinets, create an evocative and emotional interpretation of the harsh reality of 19th-century life in County. Clare. Here you see, touch and sense the day to day lives of people struggling to survive or forced to emigrate.