Michael Cusack Centre
Take a step back in time to life in 19th Century Ireland and explore the wonders of the Burren, its landscape, wildlife, history and culture!
The Centre, located in the heart of the beautiful Burren in Carron, was established to celebrate Michael Cusack and the association that he founded. The traditional thatched cottage has been lovingly restored and reflects the character of 19th century Ireland, appearing today as it did after the Famine. Even the courtyard and surrounding fields remain largely untouched. The visitors centre is award winning and offers a contemporary display and fresh perspective on Irish history, heritage and culture. the Michael Cusack Centre is a treasure chest of living history for anyone interested in the changing face of Irish life.
There’s hardly a person in Ireland who hasn’t heard of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Such is the popularity of hurling and Gaelic football that almost every parish has its own club. It’s an important part of what it means to be Irish, and the games are now played around the globe. And yet, despite its iconic status, the story of the founder of the GAA remains largely untold.
Michael Cusack was born in Carron, County Clare in 1847 and died in 1906. A fascinating and complex personality, his passion for Gaelic games was matched only by his love of the unique and beautiful Burren limestone landscape where he was born and raised. Cusack was also the model for “The Citizen” in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm
Last Tour: 4.30pm
Open from: 1st April – 30th Oct
Facilities: Free parking, souvenir shop, café and picnic area
N 53 01.269 W 9 05.267
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