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Pictured outside the County Museum following the commencement of the County Museum building refurbishment project in Ennis are: Cllr Mary Howard, Mayor of Clare, and Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, at front centre, with from left: Aldo Andreucetti, Design Lead, Clare County Council, Carmel Greene, Project Leader, Clare County Council, Helen Walsh, County Librarian, Niall Coonan, Project Manager, M. Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd., and Liam Conneally, Director of Economic Development, Clare County Council.

County Museum re-development expected to be complete by August

CONSTRUCTION on the County Museum redevelopment project has begun with hopes the works will be complete by August. Contractors M. Fitzgibbon Contractors Ltd started works on site following the lifting of Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions for the construction sector.
The Clare County Council project will see the refurbishment and conversion of the upstairs rooms in the building into modern office and meeting room space, while the downstairs will be transformed with the addition of Éamon de Valera’s 1947 Dodge car to the Museum exhibition, together with an improved Tourist Office.
The iconic 1947 Dodge Plymouth transported two of Ireland’s presidents, including Éamon de Valera, in the early years of the State. The County Museum redevelopment project was designed in-house by Clare County Council’s Design Office in conjunction with the Property Management unit, with external consultancy services engaged for mechanical, electrical and interior design.
Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Mary Howard, said, “I am delighted to see this investment in the County Museum building, 20 years after it was first opened. Since it was vacated by Limerick Institute of Technology over a year ago, we have been waiting for this day to bring new life and use to the building. It is also a fitting time to give a modern look to the Tourist Office in line with the recently launched County Clare Tourism Strategy 2030 and as we start to welcome visitors back to Ennis and County Clare. The addition of the 1947 Dodge to the exhibition from its previous location at the rear of the de Valera Library will be an added attraction to the Museum and the town centre.”
Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, said, “This project shows the importance of investment in our existing buildings, particularly those at key locations in town centres. This project will breathe new life into the County Museum building and lead to increased footfall in the town centre.”

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