Clare Roots Society launches 25th book: “The Turnpike” By Flan Hehir

Clare Roots Society will launch their 25th publication a new book “The Turnpike” By Flan HehirIt is a comprehensive and detailed account of the Turnpike, outlining its history and its people.The Turnpike is one of the oldest residential areas of Ennis famous for its connection with Political and Sporting Greats of times past.The Book launch will take place in The Old Ground Thur. 1st Dec.Following 6.30 Mass in Ennis Cathedral


Clare Roots Society booklet launched: "The Ennis Parish Camino"

Clare Roots Society recently launched their latest booklet "The Ennis Parish Camino".Pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. To mark the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life in the parish over the years, the Parish of Ennis, had its own ‘Camino’ journey of pilgrimage on the first Sunday in June 2015. The booklet written by Sr. Canice Hanrahan rsm puts to print the details associated with the journey from Corrovorrin in the north of the town to Cahercalla in the south and recalls the events from 1240 to the present.The journey begins with the…


Next Clare Roots Society meeting 17th November 2016 at 8pm in the Old Ground Hotel

Thursday 17th November 2016 at 8pm in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co.Clare: Dr Gerard Moran - "Forgotten Emigrants: Tracing the Famine Emigrants from Co Clare" Dr Gerard Moran has lectured at the Dept. of History at NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth where he established and was Director of its MA in Irish History programme. His research interests include the Irish diaspora, the Great Famine and Landlord and Tenant relations in Ireland.


Kilrush & District Historical Society next lecture Tuesday 25-Oct-2016

As part of the West Clare 1916 Centenary Programme, Eoin Shanahan will give a lecture in the Teach Ceoil in Kilrush at 8p.m. on Tuesday next 25 October. Hosted by Kilrush & District Historical Society, the lecture is entitled "Remembering Patriarchs and Patriots: When Kilrush Streets Had Two Names". Eoin Shanahan has conducted extensive research on the War of Independence in West Clare. His work has exploded many of the myths about who did what during that troubled period of our history. He has published in a wide variety of journals including History Ireland, Clare Association Yearbook, Breac: A Digital…


Kilrush & District Historical Society lecture Tuesday 25-Oct-2016

Lecture on Tuesday 25 October will be "Remembering Patriarchs and Patriots: When Kilrush Streets Had Two Names" by Eoin Shanahan.




The Clare Roots Society, brainchild of Ennis man Larry Brennan, was formed in April 2006 as an amateur family history, genealogy and heritage group in County Clare. The Society meets once a month in Ennis, and now has well over 100 members. Anyone with an interest in tracing their family tree is welcome to join. Some members are experienced genealogists while others are novices in the field. In addition to local members, we have some 'virtual' members who live overseas but who follow our genealogy activities via email, and dream that they are in County Clare*. Many of these overseas members participate heavily in Society transcription projects. Activities of the Clare Roots Society are advertised in the local press and in the Ennis Cathedral bulletin. The society works in partnership with Clare County Library in order to add to the wonderful fund of genealogy information already available on its website

* Individuals who live abroad and wish to participate in the Society's projects (e.g. transcription projects) can become members by sending their names, addresses and email addresses to the Secretary. Their names will then be put on the mailing list so that they are kept advised of Society events and projects. Until or unless they become resident in Ireland they will be exempt from the annual Society subscription. An annual subscription fee is levied on members who are resident in Ireland and thus able to participate in the Society's activities in person.

Donations: some people who have been delighted with the assistance they have received from CRS members have asked to be able to donate to the Society. They can now do so via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button below. Donations to the Society allow us to finance, for example, projects, equipment, speakers' honoraria and expenses, and the acquisition of data collections.





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