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Immerse yourself in the history at the Michael Cusack Centre

Carron, North Clare

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This immersive experience combines Irish history, culture and heritage. It expresses the story of Michael Cusack’s life, times and legacy.

The centre is located in a stunning location in Carron, in the heart of the award-winning Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Explore the “Heart & Soul of the GAA” in the little valley where Michael Cusack was born and where the story of the GAA began.

The audio-visual experience transports you back in time to famine era 1840s Ireland at the Cusack Homestead Thatched Cottage. The Exhibition Centre, dedicated to Michael Cusack, is a must for all GAA fans. Here the story which began in 1847 is told right through to the formation of the GAA in 1884 and beyond.

Visitors to the centre can explore the Family Fairy Trail & GAA Trail. The Fairy Trail is a lovely ample for the entire family. This wonderful place invites the younger visitor to explore and enjoy the magic of the space while the older visitor will appreciate its tranquil and contemplative quality.

The GAA trail, which leads to the Cusack Cottage, has each county and province in Ireland represented by an Ash Tree planted in 1984 to celebrate the centenary of the GAA. The more recent addition of players in each county’s colours creates a buzz among old and young as they search for their player in full county colours.

The Cusack Way Walk is a linear 6 km walk which takes the explorer from a starting point at the Michael Cusack Centre through ancient farmland landscapes, native hazel woods and Burren flora, up to the spectacular 8th century Cliff Fort of Cahercommaun. While this popular walk is free to the public, a guided walk may be booked at the Michael Cusack Centre.

Themes include history, archaeology, geology, flora and fauna, and the folklore and stories of this unique region. Groups, individuals, schools and family tours are catered for. Private tours outside of normal opening hours can be arranged via phone or the website.

Attraction Highlights

  • Exhibition Centre
  • Cusack Family Famine Era Cottage
  • Family Fairy Trail
  • GAA Trail
  • The Cusack Way Walk

Good to Know

Admission: Admission fees apply.

Open months: Open March to October, by appointment/prior booking November to February.

Visit duration: 60 to 90 minutes.

Suitability for younger children: Ideally suited.

Cool for kids All ages.

Rainy days: Mostly indoor.

Picnic facilities: Picnic seating located by the exhibition centre.

Gift shop: Small gift shop with a selection of gifts suitable for all.

WiFi: Free on-site.

Toilet facilities: On-site.

Accessibility: Partially wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets.

Assistance/guide dogs: Permitted.

Groups:  Groups of 5 or more adults.

Parking: Free car parking and coach parking on-site.Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times, prices, and other information on their website or directly with the attraction before visiting or booking.

About Carron

The village of Carron is a walker’s paradise. As the only village in the Burren uplands, Carron is located close to many of North Clare’s most popular visitor attractions.