Children’s Event – Junior Historians Workshop at the Jackie Clarke Collection

Budding historians will gain unique access to the Jackie Clarke Collection archive and uncover the hidden treasures of the Collection during the

A hands-on, practical workshop.

Suitable for:  Age 8-12

Date: Tuesday 10th July

Time: 12pm – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm

Location: Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse St, Ballina

Admission: €2

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Please note a limit of two children per booking applies.

Moy Fishery Exhibition at the Jackie Clarke Collection

As part of Jackie Clarke’s incredible collection of over 100,000 items of Irish history, he had a great interest in the local fishing industry and over the course of his lifetime, amassed documents, books and many other items relating to The Moy Fishery.

To celebrate the Ballina Salmon Festival, the Jackie Clarke Collection is pleased to announce the return of its Moy Fishery Exhibition.
In addition to Jackie’s own materials, we are delighted that The Moy Fishery will also be providing tangible items from their own archives to be displayed. This exhibition will be on display from the 11th to the 15th of July 2017.

The Collection is open fom  10am-5pm – Tuesday – Saturday. For more information call +353 (0)96 73508.

Irish Defence Forces return to the Jackie Clarke Collection on Heritage Day

For the fourth year in a row, the Jackie Clarke Collection, always at the heart of heritage and history in Ballina is pleased to announce the return of the Irish Defence Forces team, who are stationed at the Curragh Camp,  along with their Ford Mk VI Armoured Car.

This fantastic piece of history will be on display on Walsh Street on Heritage Day July 12th 2017,  where the Defence Forces team will be on hand to share the history of this car.

Due to an unavailability of armoured vehicles for the Defence Forces from external sources during the Emergency, it was decided to produce vehicles designed by the Defence Forces in Ireland. One of these vehicles was the Ford Mk VI. Twenty-eight of these vehicles were produced by Thompson & Sons of Carlow, twenty-one on new chassis and the remaining seven on chassis’ withdrawn from military service. These vehicles would see service throughout the state during the Emergency and were mostly used for border patrols.

In 1961, a total of eleven Ford armoured cars were deployed with Irish Army personnel to Congo as part the United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC). While these cars were quite old at this stage, it is a testament to their crews and maintenance staff that six of the eleven cars were handed over in running order to the Congolese forces for their peacekeeping mission when the Irish withdrew. The vehicles stayed in service until 1970.

This event at the Jackie Clarke Collection has been kindly sponsored by the Ballina Manor Hotel. For more information please call 096 73805 or email


Other events in the Jackie Clarke Collection on National Heritage Day
  • Falconry Display with Mount Falcon’s Birds of Prey at 2pm in the Community Garden
  • Moy Fisheries Exhibition
  • Children’s Heritage games in the Courtyard
  • Curation of the Heritage Quarter featuring a number of local heritage tourist attractions
  • Live music

Reeling In The Years Workshops at The Jackie Clarke Collection

Learn about the Ballina Salmon Festival in years gone by at this fabulous Reeling In The Years Workshops at The Jackie Clarke Collection.

Each child attending this creative workshop will walk away with a lovely story about the Ballina Salmon Festival, having created their very own newspaper front page, using images and articles taken from our the Jackie Clarke Collection’s newspaper collection over the past 53 years.

The workshop is being run by the Jackie Clarke Collection through their community and education departments and children will create their newspaper – “The Clarke Chronicle” – using images and articles taken from our WP newspaper collection for the last 53 years (Ballina Salmon Festival is of course 53 years old!)

Date and times:

Tuesday 11th July

  • 12pm – 1pm
  • 2pm – 3pm


  • The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street

Fee per child (ages 6-12):

  • €2 (non-refundable)

Booking essential: 

  • Classes MUST be booked in advance by calling  the Ballina Salmon Festival Office on +353 (0)96 79814.
  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Two children max per booking.
  • Strict limit of 25 children per class.

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