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The Castle Antique Arts & Craft Centre
ClarecastleCo. Clare
The Castle Antiques, Arts & Craft Centre comprising of over 5,000 Sq Ft of shopping space allows the visitor an exclusive opportunity to browse and amble through the floors and halls of this unique Centre.

The Castle Antiques, Arts & Craft Centre is the first of its kind in Ireland as it has under the one roof, over forty (40) Antique dealers, Irish Arts & Craft manufactures and Irish artists, displaying and selling their works, allowing the visitor, not only the opportunity to purchase goods from the wonderful selection on offer, but to see it being made.

Presently, there are also three craft workers manufacturing on site and located, in what was the old pre 1922 RIC barracks, is the Auditorium, showing a audio/video historical tour of the village, from the time of the Vikings. Norman invasion. The plantation and settlement. It’s roil in the 1916 rising and particular the involvement of the building and the adjoining ‘RIC Barracks’ during these troubled times.

Steeped in history, The building itself, dates back to the early 1830s and developed as a hotel and stop over for 'Bianconi Coaches' who was the first person to run a coach service from Limerick to Ennis.

These services continued into the 1850s and later, by which time there were a number of railway services in the country. The Bianconi coaches continued to be well-patronized, by offering connections from various termini, one of the first and few examples of an integrated transport system in Ireland. Bianconi died on 22 September 1875 at Longfield House, Boherlahan, County Tipperary

One of the legacies of the Bianconi era is the 250 year old ‘mounting block’ which can be viewed outside the ‘Coffee House’ and is probably one of the few remaining in Ireland.

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