Coming Meetings & Lectures

8pm, Thursday 19th April 2018, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
Speaker: Brian McMahon, Manager of ESB Archives
Topic: How THE ESB brought electricity to everyone

The talk will be on how ESB brought electricity to everyone, everywhere in Ireland through the pioneering Shannon Scheme of the 1920s/30s and later in the 1940s to 1960s with the Rural Electrification Scheme. It will feature Ennis and its surrounding areas. The talk will be accompanied by a selection of stunning photographs and video clips. Brian McMahon is manager at ESB Archives, Dublin and has worked with ESB for 39 years.

Past Meetings and Events

March 2018: Pat O'Brien - Broadford Parish, Co. Clare from 1800-1850 'Estate Houses of the area and the lives of ordinary people' (audio recording at Pat O'Brien CRS Talk Broadford Parish 15 March 2018.mp3 )
February 2018: Jane O'Brien - "The Industrial School Child in Ennis. 1880-1911"
January 2018: Clodagh Tait - "Namesakes and Nicknames"
November 2017: Debra Carter - "Tracing your Australian Relations" - List of Australian Records & Irish Immigration web sources as of Nov 2017
October 2017: Rose Malloy - "Approaches to dealing with insanity and the insane in nineteenth- century Ireland" - CANCELLED
September 2017: Workshop - "Tracing your Ancestors - Beginning Your Family History"
April 2017: Paul MacCotter - "Irish Surnames with Emphasis on some Clare Surnames"
March 2017: Claire Bradley - “Civil Registers the Game changer: How online access to the civil registers has forever changed Irish genealogy" (audio recording at Claire Bradley CRS Talk GRO Records March 2017.mp3)
February 2017: Joe Buggy - “Tracing Clare's Emigrants in the United States and Canada"
January 2017: David Brady-Browne-  “The History of the Brady-Brownes of Newgrove Tulla” (audio recording at Oliver O'Connells CRS Talk - Mixcloud)
November 2016: Gerard Moran - "Forgotten Emigrants: Tracing the Famine Emigrants from Co Clare"
- Emigration Letters and The Canon Dwyer collection by Clara Hoyne
- Keynote speech by Dick Eastman
- Irish emigration to Scotland by Bruce Durie
- Researching emigration from the west of Ireland by John Grenham
- Why emigrants chose Australia by Pauline Cass
- From the Rising to Refuge: America and the Irish Revolution by Dr Gavin Wilk.
- Tools and tips of the trade Sound Basics of Genealogy by Fiona Fitzsimons
- Soldiers and Rebels Tracing WW1 and Irish Revolutionary Ancestors by Brian Donovan
September 2016: ‘Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way’- Family History Conference in Ennis, Co Clare, 23-24 September 2016
May 2016: Paddy Waldron - Genetic Genealogy Question and Answer Session
April 2016: Cormac Ó Comhraí: Peadar Clancy
March 2016: Raymond Gillespie NUIM: The Farm by Knocknamuckly
February 2016: Conor Reidy - Criminal Irish Drunkards the Inebriate Reformatory System 1900-1920
January 2016: Oliver O’Connell - The O’Connell Family (click here to listen to the recording).
November 2015: Maurice Gleeson - DNA
October 2015: Stephen Ferguson - Letters, Lives and Liberty
September 2015: Paul O'Brien - World War I
September 2015: Second workshop in community training of care, conservation and recording of graveyards
July 2015: Provision of community training in best practice in the Care and Conservation of Graveyards in County Clare
May 2015: Lorna Maloney - "Exploring the Genealogy legacies of the Clans of Clare"
April 2015: Catherine O'Connor - Fieldnames research methods
March 2015: Mary McAuliffe - "Finding Women in the Records"
February 2015: "Tracing your Ancestors - Beginning Your Family History"
January 2015: Declan Barron - "The O'Gorman Mahon"
November 2014: Claire Mortimer - Military Archives
October 2014: Rita McCarthy - "After the Workhouse: Providing shelter and relief in Kilrush 1921-1939"
October 2014: Nuala Kennedy in association with Clare Roots Society launches their latest book "Summerhill......Times Past, New Beginnings".
September 2014: Matthew Potter - "Marquess Conyngham"
June 2014: Launch of Mary Fealy Mc Mahon's book “Memories of Cusack Road / Claureen” and Ger Browne's book “The One Mile Inn Squash Club 1974-1991”
May 2014: Launch of Lucille Ellis' book “Ennis at Work in the 19th Century”
April 2014: Catherine Swift - "Brian Boru - the last great High King of Ireland"
March 2014: Clare Roots Society workshop - "Who Do You Think You Are ?"
February 2014: Paddy Waldron - "Administrative Divisions and Genealogical Records"
January 2014: Gerard Browne - "The History of the County Clare Lawn Tennis Club 1888-1948" & "The Clare War Dead of WW1"
November 2013: Jim O’Callaghan - "The Irish Roots of Jackie Kennedy".
Sept 2013:Terri Shoosmith - "A New Elite? Natives and incomers in East Clare from 1660-1710".
Sept 2013: Brian O’Dalaigh - "The Ennis Printing Presses 1778-1935"
May 2013: launch of the publication "A Terrace of Houses A Passion of People" written by Brian Dinan
May 2013: Gerard Madden of East Clare Heritage - "The Iron Masters of the Sliabh Aughty region in the 17th and 18th centuries".
April 2013: Lucille Ellis - "The Gallery Family of Ennis and Pre-Famine Emigration".
April 2013: launch of the book "From A Rock To A Hard Place" By Tony Cassidy.
April 2013: Clare Genealogy Conference 2013 - "The Gathering of the Scattering" (click here for photos).
March 2013: Martin Breen - "The Families of Bunratty Castle - The O'Briens and MacNamaras".
February 2013: Ursula Callaghan - "Networking and printing in 18th century Ennis"
February 2013: Larry Brennan - "The Gaols in Ennis"
January 2013: Michael Nolan from Kilkee - the MacDonnell Family who descended from Argyllshire in Scotland, in the 13th Century and settled in Antrim, and later moved to Kilkee, and Newhall in Clare.
December 2012: Larry Brennan launches his book on O'Connell Street
November 2012: Senan Scanlan - Scattery Island and the Vandeleurs of Kilrush.
September 2012:The first Clare Roots Society event of the new season - Tackling The Brick Wall. Questions and Answers with a panel of experienced genealogists.
Heritage Week August 2012 - Clare Roots Society lectures around the County

    Tuesday 21st August
    Ennistymon  - starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy
    Miltown Malbay - starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy

    Wednesday 22nd August
    Killaloe -  genealogy for beginners by Fiona de Buitléir & Eric Shaw
    Scariff  - genealogy for beginners by Fiona de Buitléir & Eric Shaw

    Thursday 23rd August
    Sixmilebridge - genealogy for beginners by Larry Brennan & Eric Shaw
    Shannon - genealogy for beginners by Larry Brennan & Eric Shaw
    Scariff - starting your family tree by Gerry Kennedy

    Friday 24th August
    Kilrush - genealogy for beginners by Paddy Waldron
    Kilkee - Myles of Myles Creek by Paddy Waldron

June 2012: Clare Roots Roots Society launch of its publication  Drumcliff Cemetery (Calvary Section) – Cemetery Trail.
May 2012: Nick Reddan - "Searching for family history gems in the Registry of Deeds" (click here for a PDF file of the lecture together with numerous other genealogical presentations).
April 2012 (in Wynn's Hotel, Dublin): Paddy Waldron of the Clare Roots Society - "From the Talty Farthing to the Talty Millions: Tracing a Clare family to Dublin and beyond".
April 2012: Rory O’Shaughnessy - “The O'Shaughnessy's - Cinel Aodh na Echteghe, and their Co. Clare connections”
March 2012: Ciara Breathnach - "Researching the Irish in mid nineteenth-century New Zealand”
March 2012: Larry Brennan spoke at the March meeting of the Western Family History Association in Claregalway on the Clare Roots Society (talk  entitled ‘Clare Roots Society from small beginnings to God knows where’ ).
March 2012: Ennis Parish presentation of the People Of  The Year Awards for 2012. Larry Brennan of Clare Roots Society gave a presentation on the night, highlighting the people, historical events and hidden features of O'Connell Street in Ennis.
February 2012: Brian Donovan of Eneclann - "Murderers, rebels and drunkards: your ancestors and the law" (ClareFM radio interview).
January 2012: Paul O'Brien - 'The Family Papers of the Glynns of West Clare 1790-1980'.
November 2011: “Matchmaking and marriage customs” by Sean O Dúill, the Dublin based historian. See
November 2011:  launch of the book “Clarecastle and Ballyea Remembers” in the hall of the new primary school in Clarecastle.
October 20th 2011: Question and Answer session with launch/sale of the DVD of the Clare Genealogy Conference that was held 1st October 2011 in Ennis.
October 1st 2011 International Genealogy Conference, Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (see post-conference press release and the Clare Champion report of 07-Oct-2011).
September 2011: John Joe Conwell - "The Ireland XO project".
August 2011: the book "Drumcliff Cemetery - the Hidden History of Ennis"  launched by the Clare Roots Society and the mayor of Ennis.
May 2011: Junior Genealogist Awards Night (prizes to schools and individual children who took part successfully in our Clare Roots initiative for 2010/2011).
April 2011: James G Kennedy (CRS chairman) "From a photograph to a family genealogy"
March 2011: Catriona Crowe "Clare in the 1901 & 1911 censuses - resources for genealogy"
February 2011: Presentation of the CIGO 2010 award to the Clare County Library by Steven C Smyrl (see background on the CIGO award and Steven Smyrl's speech).
January 2011: Imelda King-Kennedy "Burial Customs & Traditions in the 19th & 20th Centuries".
November 2010: Dr. Larry Geary, UCC - "Death & Disease in 19th Century Ireland"
October 2010: Risteard Ua Croinin, Clare Co. Co. Conservation officer - "The Evolution of Townlands in Co. Clare"
September 2010: Patricia Moorhead - “Delving into the Records - A Case Study
September 2010: Larry Brennan - "Starting Out in Genealogy" workshop.
August 2010: Genealogy Day at the DeValera Library, Ennis: lectures by Clare Roots Society experts
August 2010: Visit to Corrovorrin Graveyard organised by Ennis Tidy Towns Committee & Clare Roots Society (part of Heritage Week 2010)
May 2010:  Launch of Ennis Parish (Drumcliff) Indexes to Marriage & Baptism Records 1837 - 1900
April 2010:   Lecture cancelled due to difficulty in air-travel from the US
March 2010: Steven Smyrl:  Ireland's Court Records
Feb 2010: Fiona Fitzsimons: Fostering and Adoption Records
Jan 2010: Eddie Lough: Archives from Our Lady's Hospital
Nov 2009: Local Clare group: Current Folklore Project
Oct 2009: Jim Foran: The Irish in Australian Records
Sept 2009:  Brian Spring: Who Do You Think You Are?
Apr 2009: Dr. Pat Nugent:  Surnames in 16/17th c. Clare documents
Mar 2009: Eric Shaw & Declan Barron: Killone Abbey, Unusual Sources for Genealogy
Feb 2009: Brian Donovan:  Eneclann - Digitisation of Records
Jan 2009: Robert Cullen: How to Develop your Family Tree
Nov. 2008: Kieran Hoare:  Archives at Hardiman Library, NUIG
Oct 2008: Fíona de Buitléir:  Who Do You Think You Are?
Sept 2008: Drumcliffe Group:  Completion of Drumcliffe Project
May 2008: Seamas Brennan: Using DNA in Genealogical Research
Mar. 2008: Renee Franklin:    Clare County Archives
Feb. 2008: CRS members -  Social Evening
Jan 2008:  Paul O'Donnell: Developing Genealogy in the West
Nov 2007: Jonny Dillon: Schools Folklore Project 1938/9 (Now online at
Oct 2007: CRS Members workshop
Sept 2007:  Drumcliffe Group - Drumcliffe Project Planning meeting
May 2007: Ger Madden:  The O'Gradys
Apr 2007: Declan Barron & Larry Brennan: Genealogy Workshop
Mar 2007:  Paddy Waldron: O'Hallorans of Sixmilebridge (see summary at this link).
Feb. 2007: Gerry Kennedy: Using the Irish National Archives
Jan. 2007:  Liam Curran: Irish in the British Army 1914-1918
Nov. 2006: Larry Brennan: Using Computers for Genealogy
Oct. 2006:  Jim Herlihy: The RIC
Sept. 2006: Declan Barron: Family History - beginning the search
May 2006: Peter Beirne: Resources at the Manse in Ennis
April 2006: Paul O'Donnell: Setting Up a Genealogy Group