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NATIONAL Treasures has been giving us all of the nostalgia feels over the last few weeks.

The aim of the campaign is to crowd-source everyday objects that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years.

With one episode left in the series, we decided to take a look at some of the most interesting pieces from Co Clare that feature in the project’s digital archive.


Karen Kelleher submitted these WW2 medals, owned by her grandmother.

One is inscribed with “Ranna Cead-Cabhrac Cumann Croise Deirge na h-Eireann” for the First Aid Division and the other, “An Caomnoiri Aitiula” for the Local Security Force.

Karen Kelleher, WW2 medals
Karen Kelleher, WW2 medals


Mick Daly presented this Lisdoonvarna Music Festival poster from 1978, the first year the festival was held. It included performances from the Chieftans, Christy Moore, De Dannon, The Fury Brothers, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples, Andy irvine, Mick Hanley, Miko Russell, Stocktons Wing and more.

Mick Daly. Lisdoonvarna Music Festival
Mick Daly. Lisdoonvarna Music Festival


Lily McInerney’s uncle Donal received the call up to play for Clare in the Minor Hurling Munster Final in 1953. Clare were beaten by Tipperary who went on to win the Minor Hurling final.

Lily McInerney, Call Up letter
Lily McInerney, Call Up letter


James Tubridy submitted this Pearse of Wexford bike, made in 1907. It has a step on the back axle for mounting. It also has a Carbine lamp powered by Carbine and water.

James Tubridy, Pearse bike
James Tubridy, Pearse bike

Check out the full archive here.

Catch the final episode on RTE One this Sunday at 6.30pm.

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