A Merry Christmas to all our Readers

Here's wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Clare genealogical community.


Kilmanaheen baptisms transcriptions uploaded to the Clare Past forum

Sheila Duddy, a leading contributor to the Clare Past forum, has just transcribed the Kilmanaheen baptism registers (1870 - 1880) and uploaded them to the Forum (see http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6928 ). These files are in spreadsheet format which has the enormous advantage that, when downloaded, they can be browsed and sliced and diced to taste to reveal, for example, family clusters and their geographical distributions.


Remembrance event organised by Clare Roots Society: Carmody's Hotel Tragedy (14th January 2018)

Following the invitation from Philomena O'Connell, Clare Tourism (Áras Chontae an Chláir), for submissions to the Clare Festival & Events Guide for 2018, the following event has been organised by Clare Roots Society:Event: Remembrance, Carmody's Hotel TragedyTown:EnnisMass of Remembrance, 11:30 a.m. Ennis Cathedral followed by 12:30 p.m. Launch of new book by Clare Roots on 'Carmody's Hotel' at Ennis Parish Centre (rear of Cathedral). An Ecumenical Wreath Laying Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. by Remembrance Plaque at Carmody's Hotel Site (YOLO's) concludes the event.Event Date:14th January 2018Contact Details: Secretary, Clare Roots Society; email:


Dates of coming Clare Roots Society meetings

Please note that The Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel, has been reserved for Clare Roots Society meetings on the following dates which you might like to note in your diaries: 2017 September 21st.; October 19th.; November 16th; 2018 January 18th.; February 15th.; March 15th.; April 19th.; May 17th. Notification of speakers and topics will follow.


Planning a visit to Clare - a vade mecum

Genealogists visiting Clare might like to browse the Check-list and Tips for Family Historians Intending to Visit Clare in the Clare County Library "Clare Past" forum. Apart from Clare research tips it lists some important points that one might like to take into account when planning the trip. It's a forum thread so the indigenous and experienced Clare genealonauts are welcome to add suggestions and/or corrections.


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 www.clarelibrary.ie

* 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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