The Jackie Clarke Collection | Opening hours: Tue - Sat 10am to 5pm | Free Admission


Events at the Clarke Collection

Christmas at the Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection is hosting their annual Christmas letter to Santa competition. The aim of this competition is to encourage young children to practice the sometimes forgotten tradition of handwriting their own Christmas letter to Santa. Just drop your letters into the big post box in the Jackie Clarke Collection! Closing date: Friday 23rd of November 2018 at 4pm. The winners will travel with Santa for his arrival to Ballina on November 25th! The winners will also receive a wonderful gift set from Toymaster, Ballina. 

Santa’s arrival party takes place on Sunday November 25th in the Jackie Clarke Collection from 2pm-5pm. Mrs Claus will be in attendance, reading Christmas stories and there will be a wonderful seasonal atmosphere with dance performances to Christmas songs and carols from the Atlantic Rhythm throughout the afternoon, as well as music from the Collection’s resident ‘Launch DJ’. There will be arts, crafts, face-painting and festive games with Ballina Girl Guides and some tasty treats available too. On this day also, for children, young and old, there will be a Christmas Treasure Hunt of Ballina – sure to be lots of fun! 

The annual Christmas exhibition will also be on display in the Jackie Clarke Collection. See Christmas covers from The Shan Van Vocht 1897, A Celtic Christmas 1898 and 1900, and Ireland’s Own from the 1980s and 1990s.Try out festive recipes from The Christmas Lady of the House magazines from 1920 and 1922. See beautifully sketched Christmas scenes from the Illustrated London News 1897 and see how our gift preferences have changed over the years with plenty of print advertisements spanning from the 1890s. There is also an array of toys from the 1930s and 1940s to be seen, kindly donated to the Jackie Clarke Collection by Jackie’s contemporary Marie McCormick of Enniscrone. Vintage Christmas cards from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s are also on display.


‘Gallant Sons’ Exhibition in Ballina Library

On Sunday 11th November there will be a series of events in Ballina to mark the centenary of the Armistice which saw the end of the 1st World War. To mark the occasion, Ballina Library will host the National Library of Ireland’s ‘Gallant Sons’ Exhibition which uses some of the N.L.I’s documents to explore the experiences of Irish soldiers who fought in the war. The exhibition also tells the stories of some of the families who were left behind: their accounts of their own experiences bring home the huge human cost of the war and tell us something about life in Ireland between 1914 and 1918. The exhibition will be also feature items from the Jackie Clarke Collection who have collaborated with the library on the exhibition and will also feature an honour roll of the soldiers from the Ballina area who died in the 1st World War. The exhibition will be open on Sunday 11th from 2pm to 5pm and after that will run during library opening hours until the end of November. Material from the Jackie Clarke Collection will also be on display, chronicling the events of World War One.

Researching the Irish Revolution in Co. Sligo

The Jackie Clarke Collection Volunteer Programme is on the road and heading for the Hilltop Bar, Culleens, Co. Sligo to host an engaging talk about the War of Independence in Co. Sligo. Author and Historian Michael Farry discusses "Twenty Five Glorious Years - Researching the Irish Revolution in Co. Sligo. This event talks place at 7.30pm on November 30th in the Hilltop Bar and all are welcome!



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The Jackie Clarke Collection
Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland

T: + 353 (0)96 73508

Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Entrance is located at the side of the building on Walsh Street.