Coming Meetings & Lectures

8 pm, 15th February 2018, Old Ground Hotel (McGuire Room)
Speaker: Jane O'Brien
Topic: The Industrial School child in Ennis. 1880-1911

Jane O'Brien is a native of Ennis-she holds a Masters degree in local History from the University of Limerick and is currently studying for a Ph.D. in History at the National University of Galway. She is the owner and operator of the award -Winning Company Ennis Walking Tours and has been running historical tours of the town for many years.

8 pm, 15th March 2018, Old Ground Hotel (McGuire Room)
Speaker: Pat O'Brien
Topic: Broadford Parish, Co. Clare from 1800-1850 'Estate Houses of the area and the lives of ordinary people'

Pat O'Brien is a local historian who has been studying the history of his native parish of Broadford for many years. Pat studied in NUI Galway and Mary Immaculate Training College qualifying as a teacher for both primary and secondary levels. He is currently working for his wife Caroline in her bookshop in Limerick City. Pat received a Masters in Local History from the University of Limerick and has written articles and lectured on various aspects of local history, including to the UL Masters of Local History course. He is currently working on a book on Broadford Parish during the most eventful period 1800 to 1850 when Broadford had a population of over 8000 people.

Past Meetings and Events

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

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