Digitisation of the Biographical Index of the Clare Champion 1903-1935.
The Clare Champion is a weekly newspaper published in County Clare. It was first published in March 1903, after its predecessor the Clare Man, was forced to close due to a libel case.
The newspaper contains biographical notices that cover births, engagements, marriages, death notices, obituaries, retirements, votes of sympathy and general news items relating to individuals.
BACKGROUND TO PROJECT:
In March 2015, Clare Roots Society sought volunteers to assist in the collection and recording of Biographical Notices published in the Clare Champion Newspaper for years 1903-1934. The purpose of the project was to create a searchable index to be made available on the Clare Library website for public access. Over 25 transcribers came forward with some training provided in the use of microfilm readers at the Local Studies Centre for a number of volunteers new to transcription. Following this the Project commenced in April.
A similar project was undertaken some years ago for Clare Champion issues published for years 1935-1985 and the index is presently available on-line.
Volunteers reviewed the newspapers for the following categories of Biographical information: Birth, Marriage, Death, Engagement, Ordination, Profession of Vows, Obituary, Acknowledgements.
The Project was co-ordinated by Larry Parks with the work on the project undertaken by the following Team: Lucille Ellis (Dub., 1934, 1910, 1907). Jennifer Morgan (1933), Declan Barron (1932), Angie Colton & Flan Lyons (1931), Larry Parks (1930, 1903), Ann Heraty (1929, 1915), Larry Brennan (1928), Caroline Brown (1927, 1908), Clara Hoyne (1926), Mary Hester (1925), Phil Molony (1924, 1909), Eileen O’Brien (1923), Olive Paradis (1922), Kathleen Ryan (1921), Frank Barry (1920), Ger Browne (1919), Jane Halloran Ryan (1918), Maureen Mescall (1917), Paula Carroll (1916), Senan Scanlan (Dub., 1914), Bernie O’Grady (1913), Frances O’Halloran (1912), Ann Marie Hayes (1911), Flan Lyons (1906), Mary Nagle (1905), Olive Ronan McNamara & Anne Heraty (1904).
The project is now completed, resulting in about 7,000 biographical notices and it has been donated to Clare Library who posted the database online, Friday evening, 4th March 2016. Clare Roots hosted a function at the Old Ground Hotel for all the transcribers to thank them for their input to this important project. Many of the transcribers went beyond the scope of their brief and collected stories from the Clare Champions that caught their interest. Some of this extra material may be used in another forum. A number of the transcribers have offered their services for similar projects in the future.
On Saturday 5 March 2016, a photo-opportunity was organized where Catríona Crowe of the National Archives officially launch the project online at the offices of the Clare Champion Newspaper.
Other materials already transcribed and donated by members to Clare County Library include
- the contents of the old Ennis National School roll-books 1898-1952 (see http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/ennis_ns/ennis_ns_register.htm),
- the Ennis National School contributions to the Schools' Folklore Project 1937/38,
- the old Burial Rolls for Drumcliff (see http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/don_tran/graves/drumcliff_old_graveyard_ennis.htm)
- Slater's Directory for Ennis and Clare, 1870 (see http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/directories/slaters1870/slaters_directory_1870.htm).
- Subscribers to Clare Papal Army, 1860 (see http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/papal_army_1860.htm)