The War of Independence at the Jackie Clarke Collection

Posted in Connect on January 30, 2019.

THE team at the Jackie Clarke Collection have been busy unearthing more of Jackie’s rare artefacts and this time the attention is on Ireland’s War of Independence, spanning events of January 21, 1919, right up until the signing of the Treaty in December 1921. As part of their commemoration strategy, Mayo County Council will launch the exhibition at the Jackie Clarke Collection on next Friday, February 1, at 3pm and invite the public to attend.

Historian and author Liz Gillis will be the special guest and offer her insights into both the War of Independence and Jackie’s carefully collected artefacts. Speaking about the exhibition, manager Edel Healy stated: “The War of Independence in Ireland is a hugely significant time period that affected so many people from all corners of the country.

If you look at the newspapers at the time, there are photos of Cork, Derry, Dublin, Tuam, Sligo, and more. There are headlines that convey incidents in the local towns and rural areas. Tourmakeady, Shraheen, Ballyhaunis. This exhibition looks at the aftermath of the Rising, the conscription crisis, the formation of Dáil Éireann, right through to key events and characters such as Bloody Sunday, Terence MacSwiney, Collins, De Valera, Griffith, the RIC, and concludes with the signing of the Treaty in 1921.”

Team Effort

Throughout the commemoration period the Jackie Clarke Collection, Edel, along with education co ordinator Sinead Brennan, community liaison and volunteer coordinator Anne Marie Forbes, and volunteer Frank Fagan will further examine the local stories that make up the fabric of how the war unfolded. As well as launching the exhibition, the Jackie Clarke Collection is proud to announce that an online catalogue listing of Jackie’s items is now available on their website

“Extensive work has taken place to make the listing available online. Academics and researchers can now search Jackie’s catalogue by keyword, author, and so on. There is still some work to be done to further refi ne the listing and a huge programme of digitisation is currently underway with thanks to Des

McLean from our volunteer programme and Ed McAndrew from Kilmoremoy Parish Development. It’s a very exciting time for the Jackie Clarke Collection Repository and it means that its contents can be further utilised by the public,” added Edel.


The launch of the exhibition takes place at 3pm on Friday next, February 1, at the Jackie Clarke Collection with special guest Liz Gillis. Entertainment and refreshments will be served, and

everyone is welcome. For more information please contact Edel at

The Mayo News, 29th January 2019

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