Thomas MacDonagh was an Irish patriot, poet, teacher and a leader of Ireland’s 1916 insurrection. He is celebrated here in his hometown of Cloughjordan. Our museum showcases the story of MacDonagh and his family and the inspiring and enduring relationship they had with a small midlands town. Thomas MacDonagh is best known as one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 and is the only Tipperary signatory of the Proclamation of the provisional Government. MacDonagh made many references in his poetry to the places and events of his childhood, happily spent in Cloughjordan.
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.