Construction and renovation work on the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre began in early 2012 after the building was bought in trust for the community. Undertaken by the Cloughjordan Heritage Group in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee, it has been financially supported by the North Tipperary Leader Partnership and through voluntary contributions from the local community and ex-patriate local people. While the Heritage Group will continue to play an active part in fundraising for the centre, a management board has been formed to look after the day-to-day running of the centre.
The opening of the centre starts a new phase of our project celebrating the legacy of Cloughjordan-born Thomas MacDonagh and his family. The development includes the MacDonagh family home which has been transformed into an museum space dedicated to telling his story and that of his family. The centre includes material from the wider heritage of Cloughjordan and a gallery is included to showcase the latest in local talent. Lecture and meeting spaces are also availabe in the centre. Research and archive facilities will also be available as the centre develops.
A main exhibit is the pianoforte which once belonged to MacDonagh’s mother, Mary Louise Parker, who gave piano lessons to local children. The pianoforte has been donated to the centre by the Hennessy family who were gifted the instrument by Mary MacDonagh.
The Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre was officially opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach on May 3rd 2013, the anniversary of the patriot’s execution. We will be one of seven designated centres taking a central role in the National 1916 commemoration celebrations.
There is free on-street parking throughout the village of Cloughjordan. An information desk in the main foyer provides information on Cloughjordan and the surrounding area. Toilet facilities are located adjacent to the main reception room. All areas of the ground floor heritage exhibitions and galleries are fully accessible. At present the upstairs room has limited accessibility. Cloughjordan village has a number of shops, cafes and takeaways for catering. If you want to use of any of our material for research use please contact us via the contact details on this website. Currently, use of the material held in the centre for research purposes is on limited availability and must be pre-booked. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.