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.


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Specialist tours can be booked in advance by emailing or by phoning (096) 73508.


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.