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18-May-2012: Kilrush and District Historical Society launched Friday 18-May-2012 with a great music session by a group of young people who meet in Murty Brownes, followed by Kilrush CCE. Initial programme as follows:
13-April-2012: Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau and Shannon Development award to Clare Roots Society. The Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau and Shannon Development recognised the efforts and contribution that Clare Roots Society (CRS) had made to tourism in the Region at a gala dinner in the University of Limerick Sports Pavilion held on Friday 13 April 2012. The award was accepted by Gerry Kennedy, Clara Hoyne and Eric Shaw on behalf of Clare Roots. The presentation was made by Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance. A report of the awards and photographs will feature in the local press during the week. CRS was the sole winner from Clare.
Posted 10-Feb-2012: New data posted on the Clare Library site 08-Feb-2012 - Emigrants from Templemaley Parish through Ellis Island 1892-1924 donated by Edel Greene
Posted 10-Feb-2012: New data posted on the Clare Library site 09-Feb-2012 - Emigrants from O'Briensbridge Parish through Ellis Island 1892-1924 donated by Orla Kuiper-Ryan
Posted 03-Feb-2012: Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group presents "Bríd Uí Choisteala, Tradition Bearer of Kilbaha", a lecture by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh. Also features audio samples from the Cuimhneamh an Chláir Archive. Kilbaha Community Hall, Friday, March 9th, 2012.
Mrs. Uí Choisteala of Kilbaha, Loop Head, was one of those tradition bearers who possibly on account of her gender has largely been omitted from public knowledge outside of her own native place. In 1942, 1943 and 1950 Tadhg Ó Murchú, on behalf of the Irish Folklore Commission, collected much of Bríd Bean Uí Choisteala’s lore and noted her as one of the finest storytellers in Ireland.
Posted 01-Feb-2012: Clare genealogist Declan Barron has just finished transcription of the Co.Clare Freeholders list of 1768 (all C of I). It will be published on the Clare Library website shortly (keep an eye on the Clare Library What's New page on their website). The list contains name, residence, freehold and in some cases observations in an attached note, e.g. "Daniel Hannigan, Clonroadmore, Clonroadmore. Forty Shilling Freeholder. Note:- Daniel Hannigan is objected to by Sir Lucius O’Brien as married to a papist and educates his children in the popish religion & alsoe objected to as under undue influence, evidence produced in Court by Sir Lucius O’Brien that he was marryed to a papist & refused & then the Sherriff directed the freeholders oath to be putt to him & which he took & vote allowed".
Posted 20-Jan-2012: Clare County Library website has just launched a superb new online maps viewer called GMaps. The Clare GMaps are based on the Google Map system, allowing Google Maps to be overlaid with historical maps of Clare from 1842. This new system, developed by Rainer Kosbi, uses many of the same controls as Google Maps, and it has been linked to the thousands of pages on the Library website dealing with the archaeology, history and administrative divisions of County Clare. The system of overlays is very easy to navigate and allows one to orientate oneself on the old maps using the modern-day road maps. Dropdown menus allow instant navigation to towns, townlands etc. Go to http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/maps/index.htm and start drooling.
Posted 09-Jan-2012: Clare Library digital books service. the Clare Library site has digital copies of books which are downloadable for free. They have a variety under the headings History and Genealogy e.g. The History and Topography of the County of Clare. They can also be delivered free to a Kindle for those who possess one! Go to the link above for further information.
Posted 05-Jan-2012: Kilrush Local History Group has a very active page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kilrush-Local-History-Group/187907517330 This has recently spawned a related "Save Church of Irl Graveyard Kilrush" page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Church-of-Irl-Graveyard-Kilrush/175017565927878
The group recently produced its annual Kilrush Local History Group Calendar which is available from local stockists (see http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150401820322331&id=187907517330 ), or you can email
A get together for the group in Kilrush on December 29th, attended by one local resident and five returned exiles, discussed various ideas for expanding its activities. If you wish you can "Like" the facebook pages and post any ideas or suggestions or historical or genealogical items of Kilrush interest there.
Posted 05-Jan-2012: The Old Kilfarboy Society is delighted to kick off the new year with an opening talk by Tim Collins (NUIG and the Kilfenora Céilí Band) on Tuesday, 10 January 2012, at 8pm at the Malbay, the Square, Miltown Malbay. In his talk 'Notes and narratives', Tim will discuss how music and song are directly tied to a place and its people, specifically in the nearby region of Sliabh Aughty. You are all invited to attend a night filled with music and chat.
Posted 17-Dec-2011: Cuimhneamh an Chláir, has now recorded the recollections of over 200 of Clare's oldest citizens. Go to Cuimhneamh an Chláir to read more.
Posted 29-Nov-2011: A major historic British newspaper online archive with Clare content has been launched today. The site will initially give access to four million pages from 200 newspapers from the 18th and 19th Centuries. The project is a collaboration between the British Library and Dundee-based IT firm Brightsolid. A total of 120,000 pages will be added to daily and 40 million pages will be digitised over the next 10 years, spanning three centuries. So a search in a year's time may be more productive than one done today and one done in 5 years time may be even more productive, and so forth. But a brief search today for "County Clare" (using the parentheses) already threw up a very large number of interesting hits so the database already appears to be a rich lode for Clare historians. For more information go to the site at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
Posted 07-Sep-2011: September 2011 Newsletter from the Clare Diaspora can be downloaded from here
Posted 20-Aug-2011: The Western Family History Association is launching its website (www.wfha.info) in the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway, on Wednesday 24th August 2011 at 7PM. Founded in 1995, the Western Family History Association is a genealogy association based in Galway, Ireland. Home counties of members include Galway, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim and some members come from as far afield as Cork. It is a self-help group for its members and does not carry out research. The Association typically holds 5 or 6 meetings during the year, together with a number of other activities throughout the year. In addition to these activities it provides a continually expanding library of genealogical and historical books for members' usage.Their regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month (alternating months) in the Claregalway Hotel, Claregalway, Co. Galway at 8:15PM.
Posted 19-Aug-2011: August 2011 Newsletter #3 from the Clare Diaspora can be downloaded from here.
Posted 09-Aug-2011: Clare Mortuary/Memorial Card data online. The data from the approx. 14,000 mortuary/memorial cards collected by Clare schoolchildren in collaboration with the Clare Education Centre and transcribed by members of the Clare Roots Society (see the Mortuary Cards article on this website) have now been put online at the Clare County Library website (see http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/whatsnew.htm and http://clarelibrary.blogspot.com/2011/08/clare-roots-society-memorial-card.html ). This is the culmination of many months of hard work and a gigantic achievement on the part of all concerned. An enormous amount of Clare family history data has been saved from the rubbish skips for posterity. Congratulations to all concerned.
Posted 06-Aug-2011: August 2011 Newsletter from the Clare Diaspora
In addition to local members, the Clare Roots Society has cyber-members who live overseas but participate very actively in County Clare genealogy projects and related Society activities (e.g. the mortuary card transcription project). Many of these members of the Clare Diaspora are organised formally or informally in very active local groups which, in turn, run their own Clare-oriented genealogy projects with their own mailing lists and newsletters. Click here for the Diaspora's August 2011 newsletter.
Posted 28-Jul-2011: Seventh Marrinan Clan Gathering to take place in Ennistymon from August 26-29 2011 in the Ennistymon Comhaltas Teach Cheoil (formerly St Andrews church). Family tree charts will be displayed over 2 days and Larry Brennan of the Clare Roots Society will speak on "Putting Meat on Your Family Tree". The weekend kicks off in Marrinan's Bar in Miltown Malbay on Friday August 26 2011. Enquiries to Micheál Marrinan on 087 363 8002 (from outside Ireland: +353 87 363 8002) or email to
Posted 27-Jul-2011: Lecture by Eric Shaw and Larry Brennan of Clare Roots Society on "The Graveyards Of County Clare For Genealogical Purposes". Venue: Westropp Room, County Museum, Friary Lane, Ennis. Date, time: Thursday 25 August 2011: 20:00 - 22:00. Organised by Congella McGuire, Clare County Council, Ennis. Graveyard records in county Clare will be reviewed. Also, recording and presenting of gravestone inscriptions for Tidy Towns and community groups and examining the value of headstone inscriptions for genealogical purposes.
Posted 25-Jul-2011: Clare Past Forum Emigration List Project 1892-1924
This project (see Clare Past Forum Emigration List Project 1892-1924) is moving rapidly with transcriptions of Ellis Island records of Clare immigrants to the USA and several parishes have just been been added. See http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/whatsnew.htm.
Posted 23-Jul-2011: Cuimhneamh an Chláir addresses members of Clare County Council
Two representatives of oral history group Cuimhneamh an Chláir addressed members of Clare County Council this week about the work the group does recording the recollections of the county’s older people. The group is chaired by Mayor of Clare Pat Hayes but speaking to the councillors were project co-ordinator Tomás Mac Conmara and its leas cathaoirleach Cormac McCarthy. Mr McCarthy said a lot of work has been done since the group’s foundation. “In two short years, over 205 recordings have been taken from over 190 people.” See the Clare Champion article and the Cuimhneamh an Chláir website.
Posted 20-Jul-2011: Latest Newsletter from the Clare Diaspora
In addition to local members, the Clare Roots Society has cyber-members who live overseas but participate very actively in County Clare genealogy projects and related Society activities (e.g. the mortuary card transcription project). Many of these members of the Clare Diaspora are organised formally or informally in very active local groups which, in turn, run their own Clare-oriented genealogy projects with their own mailing lists and newsletters. The latest newsletter from the Diaspora can be seen at this link.