Launch of book on St. Michael's Villas, Ennis

Clare Roots Society in conjunction with Cora McNulty wish to announce the forthcoming launch of the book on St. Michael's Villas, Ennis, on the 18th June 2015 at 8.15p.m. in the Temple Gate Hotel. The launch will be preceded by Mass for deceased residents and friends of St. Michael's at Ennis Cathedral celebrated by Fr. Tom Ryan past resident of St. Michaels at 7.30 p.m. 


Clare Roots Society and Clare County Library receive Irish Times accolade

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Clare Roots Society needs microfilm readers for transcription project

In conjunction with Clare Library Clare Roots Society are about to take on a large transcription project of details from old Clare newspapers. These are stored on microfilm in the Library and can be read on three readers in the public part of the Local Studies centre. Trying to facilitate about 25 volunteers on these readers and still allow access by the general public to the machines will be difficult. Some firms use microfilm readers that are gradually being replaced by computer-based readers. If anyone knows of any older reader no longer required, we would love to put it to…


Clare Roots Society launches more books

Dates for your Diary. Thursday the 14th. of May 2015 8.00 p.m. at the Old Ground (upstairs) we launch two books: The Grotto's of Ennis & Environs by Mary Mc Mahon. Bindon Street / Bank Place by Lucille Ellis. Thursday 18th. June 2015: 7.30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral in memory of deceased Residents of St. Michael's Villas, Ennis. Book Launch 8.15 p.m. Old Ground Hotel: St. Michaels Villas by Corah Hassey. The Mayor of Ennis Johnny Flynn will be launching all books.


New Clare Roots project: Digitisation of the Biographical Index of the Clare Champion 1903-1935

Here's an exciting new Clare Roots project that will help people all over the world via Clare County Library website: Digitisation of the Biographical Index of the Clare Champion 1903-1935.The project is a collaboration between Clare Roots Society and Clare County Library. Clare Roots Society is looking for volunteers to assist in the collection and recording of Biographical Notices published in the Clare Champion Newspaper for years 1903-1934. This information will create a searchable index to be made available on the Clare Library website for Public access when completed. A similar project was undertaken some years ago for Clare Champion…


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.