Maureen Comber and Anthony Edwards retire from the Clare County Library

Today, June 30 2016, senior executive librarians Maureen Comber (Library Website Editor and Online Services) and Anthony Edwards (ICT and Information Services) retired from the Clare County Library. This is the end of an era. With the CLASP literature collection, the Tithe Applotments and Census transcriptions, the curating of an enormous collection of donated records, the maps with their invaluable overlays, the fully-indexed on-line collections of old photos and music, the folklore and oral history records and this forum they pioneered the digitisation of the County's history and catapulted the Library into the cyberworld to the benefit of countless Clare…


Kilrush & District Historical Society outings 26 June + 23 August, AGM 27 September 2016

Dear KDHS members and friendsBY POPULAR REQUEST, WE HAVE CHANGED THE START TIME OF THE KDHS OUTING ON THIS SUNDAY 26 JUNE TO 4:30 P.M. TO AVOID A CLASH WITH THE IRELAND V. FRANCE SOCCER MATCH (FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF THE GAA AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS).For the same reason, the committee have also decided to defer the Society's 2016 AGM, also originally scheduled for Sunday 26 June, to Tuesday 27 September, immediately before the first lecture of our autumn season.At 4:30 p.m. (or immediately after the last kick of any penalty shootout which might be necessary), the guided tour of the…


Clare Roots Society search for a new secretary

The Clare Roots Society Secretary will be retiring from the position on 01-Sep-2016 and a replacement is being sought. If anyone wishes to volunteer please contact her at . The candidate would have to be locally based. The position offers an opportunity to make widespread local and international genealogical contacts and be at the centre of a unique Irish genealogical project.


World genealogy experts confirmed for Third International Family History Conference in Clare in 2016

The third International family history conference Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way will take place in Ennis on the 23rd to 24th September 2016. The main theme of the conference is the movement and migration of people from the west coast counties of Ireland to Scotland, Britain and beyond. It will also address emigration after 1916 and will feature a focus on genealogy in the future. The event brings together experts and family historians from around the world to share their knowledge and expertise. The Society has diaspora members in Europe, America and Australia and beyond and many of them…


Ruan local history group holds regular winter meetings

The Ruan local history group held its first 2015 meeting on 12-Feb-2015 and plans to meet every Wednesday night at 8.30 in Morty Kelly’s bar in Ruan during the winter months. The objective of the group is to record all information available on the townlands of Ruan and Dysart. This information will, in time, be put on exhibition and maybe even make it into print.Call Linda Hogan at 086 8748845 or email her at for further information.




The Clare Roots Society, brainchild of Ennis man Larry Brennan, was formed in April 2006 as an amateur family history, genealogy and heritage group in County Clare. The Society meets once a month in Ennis, and now has well over 100 members. Anyone with an interest in tracing their family tree is welcome to join. Some members are experienced genealogists while others are novices in the field. In addition to local members, we have some 'virtual' members who live overseas but who follow our genealogy activities via email, and dream that they are in County Clare*. Many of these overseas members participate heavily in Society transcription projects. Activities of the Clare Roots Society are advertised in the local press and in the Ennis Cathedral bulletin. The society works in partnership with Clare County Library in order to add to the wonderful fund of genealogy information already available on its website

* Individuals who live abroad and wish to participate in the Society's projects (e.g. transcription projects) can become members by sending their names, addresses and email addresses to the Secretary. Their names will then be put on the mailing list so that they are kept advised of Society events and projects. Until or unless they become resident in Ireland they will be exempt from the annual Society subscription. An annual subscription fee is levied on members who are resident in Ireland and thus able to participate in the Society's activities in person.

Donations: some people who have been delighted with the assistance they have received from CRS members have asked to be able to donate to the Society. They can now do so via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button below. Donations to the Society allow us to finance, for example, projects, equipment, speakers' honoraria and expenses, and the acquisition of data collections.





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