Carlow County Museum Best Local Authority Museum Award.

As 2014 draws to a close it is therefore a good time to thank so many people that help and assist in the running of Carlow County Museum. All the more reason to say thanks is because Carlow County Museum operated by Carlow County Council has in recent months been selected as outright winner for Best Local Authority Museum in the ‘Excellence in Business’ awards organised by the Public Sector Magazine. The local authority is being recognised by the Public Sector Magazine for their outstanding achievement in developing Ireland’s newest county museum. According to the Public Sector Magazine ‘Carlow County Museum is a fine example of a community coming together in partnership with their local authority. Together they have brought the past into the present and they have created something very special for the future.’

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On Monday October 6th last Cllr. Fergal Browne, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, members of Carlow County Council and the Museum Board along with Mr. Tom Barry, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council and staff of Carlow County Museum & Tourist Office accepted the award in the Museum.

Thanks to:
Cllr. Fergal Browne, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Members of Carlow County Council. The Board of Carlow County Museum: Cllr Ann Ahern, Chairperson; Cllr. Fergal Browne, Deirdre Kearney, Cllr. Walter Lacey, Eoin Lyng, Martin Nevin & Noreen Whelan.
Carlow County Council: Tom Barry, Chief Executive; Pat Delaney, Director of Services; Michael Brennan, Town Clerk and the Carlow Local Authorities Management Team. To all the former staff of Carlow Town Council (abolished May 2014).
Museum Staff & Volunteers: Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator; John McDarby, Staff Officer; Martin O’Rourke, Building Maintenance Superintendent; Museum Assistants – William Fallon, Amanda O’Neill, Deirdre Hennessy, Pawel Kucharski, Geraldine O’Boyle and Gordon Cleere.
Thanks to all our volunteers who have and are assisting in the running of the Museum:
Andrew Ashmore, John Aughney, Tim Bartasevics, Sinead Bayly, Judy Bolger, Bernie Bolger, Barbara Bolger, Jennifer Bracken, Mary Brennan, Una Brennan, Sheila Brennan, Stephen Brennan, John Breslin, Bríd Brett, Tony Broderick, Shane Burke, John Byrne, Dan Carbery, Kay Carbery, Michael Carbery, Joseph Clancy, Gerry Coen, Seamus Colloton, Michael Connolly, Teresa Connolly, John Courtenay, Miriam Courtenay, Kitty Courtney, Tom Cox, Eleanor Cuddy,
Mary Cunningham, Des Dalton, Michael J Daly, Christine Davis, Andrew Deane, Pamela Deegan, Kathleen Delaney, Leanne Donohue, Claire Donegan, Tom Doolan, Michael Dooley, Keith Douglas, Conor J Dowling, Diane Dowling, Caragh Doyle, Gerry Duffy, Paul Dwyer, Lynn Earls, Aideen Egan, Margaret Ellis, William Fallon, Kathleen Farrell, Seamus Farrell, Elodie Faye, Niall Fitzpatrick, Josephine Fitzgerald, Rachel Fitzsimons, Brigid Fox, Martin Galligan, Ciara Gilbert, Daniel Gillen, Marianna Giordano, Nicola Gray, Patrick Halpin, Jason Hanley, Áine Harte, Con Haughney, Rory Healy, Patrick Healy, Peter Heary, Gary Heary, Donna Heffernan, James Hoctor, Ciara Hogan, Gillian Holden, James Hutton, Sylvester Hutton, Foo Shen Hwang, Deirdre Kearney, Mary Keating, Kevin Keenan, Brídín Kelly, Philip Kelso, Arthur Kennedy, Catriona Kyles, Alberto Lopez, Billy Lyons, Matthew Ma, Paul Maher, Patricia May, Martin Mc Andrew, Joseph D McDonald, Kate McDonald, Sean McGee, Margaret McKenna, Owen McManus, Ann Meaney, Michael Monahan, Clare Mooney, Gerald Moore, Margaret Moran, Annemarie Mullins, Kevin Murphy, Fiona Murphy, Conor Murphy, Mary Murphy, Roderick Murphy, Cian Murtagh, Annette Nash, Rachel Nolan, Dermot Nolan, Donie Nolan, Liam O Discín, Pauline O’Brien, Orna O’Doherty, Bernadette O’Donoghue, Betty O’Gorman, Funmi alake Ogunsanwo, Kathleen O’Keeffe, Hugh O’Neill, Áine O’Neill, Gregory O’Neill, Sean O’Reilly, Hugh O’Rourke, William O’Rourke, Amanda Pitcairn, Lorraine Purcell, Aisling Reddy, Rachel Richardson, Tom Roche, Nicholas Ryan, Carmel Ryan, Sean Savage, Mustafa Serbetci, Denis Shannon, Aoife Sheehan, Ann Siney, Kae Slattery, Rosemary Slattery, Yvonne Slye, Deimante Stankevicikte, Margaret Sweeney, Kathleen Treacy, Anne Twomey, Tanya Van der Westhuizen, Ingrid Wall, Anne-Marie Wall, Jacqueline Walsh, Peter Walsh, Noreen Whelan, John Whittaker, Arthur Willlis and Andy Yule.

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Some of the Museum’s Volunteers enjoying their recent Christmas party.

It is also appropriate to thank all those who have assisted in developing the wonderful facility we have here on College Street. This is a copy of the ‘Credits’ panel that is displayed as visitors exit the Museum galleries before descending the wonderful ‘nuns stairs’ that leads to the ground floor. As well as thanking all these organisations and people it also gives an insight into the variety of people, skills and organisations that combined to develop the new museum, Ireland’s newest county museum.
Carlow County Museum Project Credits/ Details (April 2012)
Board of Carlow County Museum:
Martin Nevin, Chairperson; Michael Brennan, Town Clerk, Cllr. John Cassin, Cllr. Rody Kelly, Cllr. Walter Lacey, Seamus Murphy & Noreen Whelan.
Carlow County Museum Design Team:
Architect: Michael O’Boyle, Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects, Dublin
Design Team Leader & Structural Engineer: Ivor Bowe, Bowe Consulting Engineers, Carlow
Quantity Surveyor: Andy Quinn of McCullagh Lupton Quinn, Kilkenny
Structural Engineer: Tom Gleeson (R.I.P), Carlow
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Eddie Doyle, Doyle Environmental, Ullard, Co. Kilkenny.
Michael Brennan, Town Clerk, Carlow Town Council
Tim Madden, Clerk of Works, Carlow County Council
Overall Project Coordinator & Exhibition Design Leader: Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator, Carlow County Museum.
Carlow County Museum Contractors:
Main Contractor: Bam Building Ltd, Kill, Co. Kildare
Electrical Contractor: Seamus Byrne Electrical Ltd., Carlow
Mechanical Contractor: Murphy & Kelly, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lift Contractor: Kone Ireland Ltd., Dublin
Leaded Windows Contractor: Irish Stained Glass, Dublin
Gilding Contractor: Naomi McBride & Associates, Co. Sligo
Oil Painting Contractor: Naomi McBride & Associates, Co. Sligo
Display Cases: Armour Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, England; Click Netherfield, Scotland
Conservators: Liz D’Arcy, Studio for Paper Conservation, Co. Wicklow; Susannah Kelly Archaeological Conservator, Dublin; Rachel Phelan Textile Conservation, Dublin; On the Edge Ltd, Co. Wicklow.
Picture Framing: Fine Framers, Carlow Town
Moulding: Old Mould Company, Co. Wicklow.
Historical Researcher: Dr. Margaret Murphy, Co. Carlow.
Irish Translation: Máire Ui Iarnáin, Co. na Gaillimhe
Graphic Design & Printing: Lightning Print & Design, Carlow; Carlow Graphics.
Environmental Monitoring: Instrument Technology, Co. Meath
Contractors:
Gerrie Dunne Building Contractors; Edwards Engineering, Tullow, Co. Carlow; James J Farrell, Carlow Town; Paul Hoey Decorator, Carlow Town; Thomas O’Neill & Sons, Carlow Town; Proctory Carpentry, Carlow Town; Walls Engineering, Carlow & Xenon Security, Carlow.
Museum Staff:
Dermot Mulligan, Museum Curator; John McDarby, Staff Officer; Martin O’Rourke, Building Maintenance Superintendent; Museum Assistants – Deirdre Kearney, Sinéad Marshall, Shannon Basso Gaule, Tom Roche, David Halpin & Jake Duggan.
Grant Aid & Specific Funding Received from:
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Carlow County Development Partnership
European Regional Development Fund Interreg 111A Programme
Fáilte Ireland
The Heritage Council
The National Roads Authority
Thanks for help, support, guidance to the following organistions, societies, groups & individuals:
Cllr. Tom O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Carlow Town Council, Members of Carlow Town Council – Cllrs Michael Abbey, Anne Ahern, Eileen Brophy, John Cassin, Des Hurley, Rody Kelly, Walter Lacey, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor.
Cathaoirleach and Members of Carlow County Council; Cathaoirleach and Members of Muinebheag Town Council.
Tom Barry, County Manager; Michael Brennan, Town Clerk and the Carlow Local Authorities Management Team. The Board of Carlow County Museum. To all the staff of Carlow Town Council. Josephine Coyne, County Librarian and the staff of Carlow County Library. To the staff of Carlow Local Authorities. To the staff of Carlow Town Amenity Trust.
The President, former Presidents, committees and members of the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society and Museum Committees for their vision, foresight, enthusiasm and pioneering spirit in founding and operating Carlow County Museum since 1973.
Director and staff of the National Museum of Ireland including Dr. Patrick Wallace, Raghnall Ó Floinn, Ned Kelly, Paul Doyle, Anthony Read, Gregory Kelly, Isabella Mulhall, Nessa O’Connor, Mary Cahill, Maeve Sikora, Carol Smith, Christopher Harbidge, Padraig Clancy, Andy Halpin and Mathew Parkes.
Michael Murphy, Chairman and the Board of Carlow Tourism, Eileen O’Rourke CEO and the staff of Carlow Tourism – Gwen Brennan, Lorraine Brennan, Kay Farrell, Alison Fitzharris, Alberto Urbina and Carolyn Wilkinson.
Rónán Swan, Acting Head of Archaeology & Noel Dunne, Archaeologist, National Roads Authority (NRA)
To the Chairperson, Festival Directors and staff of Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival for their help and support over the years.
To the Presentation Sisters for their invaluable information, support and eternal encouragement to all associated with this project.
The Staff of Bam Building Ltd including Leo Harmon, Derek O’Connor, Kieran Brophy, Tavin Broaders; The Local Authorities Museums’ Network (LAMN); Carlow – Kilkenny Energy Agency; Former County Managers: Matt O’Connor, Tom Dowling & Joe Crockett; Mary Walsh and staff of Carlow County Development Partnership; Michael Starrett and the staff of the Heritage Council; Sergeant Mary Corcoran, Crime Prevention Unit; Carlow Gardai; Carlow Civil Defence; Chris Corlett, Archaeologist Department of Environment, Community & Local Government; Fr. John Cummins, Fr. Rory Nolan, Bernard Gerraghty and the Cathedral Parish; Monsignor Caoimhín Ó Néill, Dr. Thomas McGrath, staff and students of Carlow College; Jarlath Judge and the staff of CRISP Carlow; Mark Thomas and the staff of the Pembrokeshire Museum Service, Wales; Judith Martin and the National Council for the Blind; Emma Whitmore, Glór Cheatharlach; Grace Marshall, Office of Public Works; Staff of Visual and the George Bernard Shaw Theatre; Fiona Cunnane and the staff of Carlow Volunteer Centre; FAS; Jobbridge – National Internship Scheme; Dr. Gillian Barrett; Alan Cashin, Tom Clowry; Ger Deering; Therese Jackman; Matt Kelly; Dr. Peadar McArdle; Hugh Maguire; Paddy Matthews, Declan O’Connor; Mary O’Neill, Bobby, Mary & Gemma Quinn, Lorcan Scott, Joe Watters, Town Clerk (retired); Pat Mealey, John Kavanagh, Bill Flemming, Dr. Declan Woods & the residents of Presentation Close;
To all the people who since 1973 have presented the Museum with artefacts and objects for display. Together these objects give us a greater understanding of our rich past.

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