Jackie Clarke (1927-2000) was a Ballina Business man and a genius collector of Irish historical material. In 2005 his widow, Mrs Anne Clarke, gifted his collection to Mayo County Council for the people of Ballina, Mayo and Ireland.

The award winning Jackie Clarke Collection—one man, 100,000 items—spanning 400 years of Irish history. Located in the former Provincial Bank building on Pearse Street, Ballina. Built in 1881, it was used as a bank until 1977. It was designed by the Victorian architect Thomas Manly Deane, who also designed the National Museum and Government Buildings, Dublin.

The building, which was acquired by Mayo County Council in 2008, has been completely renovated and refurbished. It now hosts an award winning exhibition centre that has been specially designed for the Jackie Clarke Collection, which includes artefacts associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa.

Other items include rare books, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising.

Special features of the attraction include a memory booth where you can record your own memories and interactive touch-screens throughout. Suitable for all ages.

  • 100,000 items—spanning 
400 years of Irish history
  • Award winning Collection
  • Located in a restored 19th century bank in the centre of Ballina with a newly designed walled garden
  • Memory booth where you can record your own memories
  • Interactive touch-screens throughout

See the website for details.


Admission Prices:

Free Entry, tickets need to be pre-booked for a specific time slot.

Useful Information

PARKING: Street parking pay & display
. Coach parking available.

Getting There
  • 43.6km from Ireland West Airport (42mins)
  • 60.2km from Sligo (55 mins)
  • 55.1 km from Westport (49mins)
  • 114.6 km from Galway (1hr 52mins)
Map Location: 54.114686, -9.153103
Contact The Jackie Clarke Collection

Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Eircode: F26 A368
T: +353 (0)96 73508
E: clarkecollection@mayococo.ie
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