New Tipperary Museum of Hidden History Opens to the Public following joint investment of €500,000 from Fáilte Ireland and Tipperary County Council
Visitors will come face to face with Cromwell and have the chance to see the Carrick on Suir Gold Coin Hoard
The Tipperary Museum of Hidden History was officially opened today (Thursday 24th October), just in time for Halloween.
The new experience at Tipperary County Museum opens following a joint investment of €500,000 from Fáilte Ireland and Tipperary County Council. The museum is expected to bring in 21,000 additional visitors and €880,000 in revenue over the next five years.
Based in Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, the Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is a state-of-the-art interactive visitor experience located in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. The Museum brings Tipperary’s rich hidden history vividly to life through memorable historic characters and amazing stories. With over 25,000 artefacts it is one of the largest museum collections in Ireland. The museum caters for international visitors with audio guides in six languages for this wonderful experience.
Each of the Tipperary Museum of Hidden History areas are based on themes and answer questions in a highly visual and informative way by focusing on people and not only on “things”. The journey through the museum crosses seven distinct sections and starts with an interactive area which asks the question “who am I?”.
A museum was first established in Clonmel in the 1940s before the County Museum officially opened in Mick Delahunty Square in the year 2000. The Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is located on the site of a former prison (leading many to believe that the site is haunted) and was the location of Ireland’s only Borstal from 1906 – 1956.
The newly refurbished museum has been funded by Tipperary County Council and Fáilte Ireland. It is a designated museum by the National Museum of Ireland, which allows it to retain archaeological items of local significance and to borrow items of national and international importance. The museum is also fully accredited under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) and is also one of twelve Local Authority Museums across Ireland. Watch out also for its regular (temporary) exhibitions, lecture series, workshops and extensive outreach and community programme.
Welcoming the opening of the museum, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, said:
“The Government is proud to support innovation in tourism and I commend Fáilte Ireland and Tipperary County Council for their investment in the Tipperary Museum of Hidden History which will bring to life the county’s rich heritage and culture in a way that appeals to overseas visitors. Tourism is a highly competitive market and funding like this is critical in ensuring that Ireland stands out in the international marketplace and that the tourism sector can continue to make sustain jobs and communities throughout Ireland.”
Speaking at the launch Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council said that the sustainable development of tourism products was a key objective of the county’s tourism strategy. He continued:
“Tourism is an important economic driver which sustains over three thousand jobs in Tipperary and we are ambitious to grow our tourism sector by actively investing in product development and continually marketing the destination to our target markets together with our partners in Tipperary Tourism and Fáilte Ireland.”
The museum’s creative director Marie McMahon, Managing Curator at the Tipperary Museum of Hidden History commented:
“We are delighted to be able to open the new Tipperary Museum of Hidden History. Our vision was to create a highly interactive and exciting new look at history through the eyes of characters from our past. The museum will also give people the chance to learn about the more macabre stories from Tipperary’s past. We’d like to thank Tipperary County Council and Fáilte Ireland for all its support of this project and Brendan Griffin, T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport for being able to join us today for the official opening.”
Speaking about this new attraction in Clonmel, Justine Carey, Ireland’s Ancient East Manager at Fáilte Ireland, said:
“When overseas visitors come to Ireland, they want to visit our great landmarks and attractions, but more than that they want to hear first-hand the stories about Ireland and the people who lived and worked in the area at that time. That’s what the Ireland’s Ancient East sets out to achieve.
“At Fáilte Ireland, we are always looking for opportunities to stimulate the development of brilliant visitor experiences and the new Tipperary Museum of Hidden History will do this by bringing to life the region’s rich local heritage. This is just one of 19 projects set to open following funding from our Ireland’s Ancient East Storytelling and Interpretation scheme, all of which aim to boost the region’s tourism appeal, and drive significant growth in both visitors number and revenue to the local area.”
The Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4.45pm and admission is free. Audio-guides are available in six languages.
The multi-sensory experience is a must-see on your journey in Tipperary and Ireland’s Ancient East.