Cape Clear Museum is housed in a restored old schoolhouse and contains some several hundred artefacts of island maritime and folklife interest. There are, to date, over 100 framed exhibition panels in the collection which deal with fourteen different themes of island heritage. Each theme may have from around six to fourteen exhibition panels, but only a few of these may be exhibited at any one time. Anniversary and special exhibitions are also mounted.
Aspects covered in the exhibition panels include : Island History, Shipwrecks, Archaeology,
Signal Towers and Telegraphs, Placenames, Famine, Education, Genealogy, Folk and farm,
Fishing, Boatbuilding and the Baltimore Fishery School.
The story of the building of the Fastnet Lighthouse and that of the 1979 Fastnet Race is presented in an audio-visual Display as well as in mounted exhibition panels. Aspects of the history of the O Driscoll Family Worldwide also feature.
Among international events organised by the Museum have been:
The Naomh Ciarán-St Piran Millennium Jubilee Pilgrimage from Cornwall to Cape Clear and Seir Kieran, Co. Offaly (2000); The 25th Anniversary of the 1979 Fastnet Race Remembrance Ceremony (2004); For details Click News Section
The 25th Anniversary of the O Driscoll Clan Gathering-Heritage Exhibition (2011).
Anniversary Exhibitions include: The 100th Anniversary of the Baltimore Fishery (1987); 75th Anniversary of the loss of the Thomas Joseph (1993); Cape Clear & World War 11 (1995); The 100th Anniversary of the 1894 Loss of the Florence (1994); The 100th Anniversary of Cape Clear Primary School at South Harbour; The 150th Anniversary of the building of the First Lighthouse at Fastnet Rock (2004); The Fastnet Audio-Visual Display (2012) .
Cape Clear Island Museum is open seven days June to August 31st and from September 1st to June 1st by arrangement. To check opening hours contact:
- Information Bureau, Tel. 028 39190 May - September or all year round)./ Comharchumann Chléire Teo. Cape Clear Island Co-Operative. Tel. 353 (028) 39119. email: firstname.lastname@example.org