Larry Brennan - Historical Houses of Ennis - 5th March 2015

As part of this year's Ennis People of the Year awards on the 5th of March 2015 Larry Brennan of Clare Roots Society will be giving an illustrated presentation on the Historical Houses of Ennis.From Green Park at one end of the town to Clonroad House at the other, Larry will tell us about the people and places associated with these houses & homes. We will hear about the MacBeths of Clarence Hall & Harmony House and many more. The venue is the new Maria Assumpta Hall attached to the Parish Office at 8.00 p.m.


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.


John Bradley gets Ennis Parish award

John Bradley Clare Roots Society P.R.O. will receive one of the Ennis Parish awards of People of The Year 2015. Presentation of Awards Thursday 5th March New Parish Centre at 8pm Congratulations to this year’s recipients: Mary O'Sullivan, Abbey Court. Paul Kelly, Ruan.Mary Hynes, Limerick Road. John Bradley, Lahinch Road.Suzanne O'Reilly, Corrovorrin Crescent. Special Merit Award Pauline McNamara, Dromadrehid, Ennis. The night will consist of an illustrated talk on some aspect of Ennis Town history. Bishop Willie Walsh will present the award to each of the recipients. Welcome to all! All parishioners are invited to attend.


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.