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.
2010 sees the 100th anniversary of the changing of the names of the three primary streets in Ennis from Gaol Street to O'Connell, Church Street to Abbey Street & Mill Street to Parnell St. As part of this anniversary, Clare Roots Society is putting together a project on O'Connell St. to mark this event. The project will attempt to map the story of the street and its residents. To this end we are asking the general public who might have photographs, memorabilia, memorial cards of past residents, video clippings, maps, title deeds of properties, wills, newspaper cutting, extract from journals or books, letters to and from residents, stories or reflections on residents or the dealings with people from the street, etc. etc. Any documents sent should state whether the return of these documents is required. To past residents at home or away we would like you to confirm your link to the street by registering with us. On completion of the project the information will be made available free of charge by public display and for further research. This project is been carried out by Larry Brennan who lived at 62 O'Connell Street for over 27 years.
Clare well placed to gain from genealogy tourism
With a wealth of genealogy resources on its County Library website and in the Local Studies Centre in Ennis and the very active Clare Roots Society County Clare has an excellent base from which to promote genealogy tourism by members of the Clare diaspora returning to the County to seek their roots. See the LookWest article on Clare genealogy tourism here.