Clare Roots Society launches more books

Dates for your Diary. Thursday the 14th. of May 2015 8.00 p.m. at the Old Ground (upstairs) we launch two books: The Grotto's of Ennis & Environs by Mary Mc Mahon. Bindon Street / Bank Place by Lucille Ellis. Thursday 18th. June 2015: 7.30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral in memory of deceased Residents of St. Michael's Villas, Ennis. Book Launch 8.15 p.m. Old Ground Hotel: St. Michaels Villas by Corah Hassey. The Mayor of Ennis Johnny Flynn will be launching all books.


Kilrush and District Historical Society's March Lecture Tuesday 31st March 2015

Kilrush and District Historical Society's March Lecture is entitled "Families associated with the lands west of the River Fergus in "An Leabhar Muimneach" or the Munster Book" and will be given by Dr Cathy Swift on Tuesday 31 March. In the early 18th century, poets working for Dál Cais in Thomond and Mac Carthaigh in Desmond put together genealogical accounts to create what is called "An Leabhar Muimneach" or the Munster Book. This is a 17th century account of the main families of both areas set within the context of traditional Irish beliefs about the six ages of man and…


New Clare Roots project: Digitisation of the Biographical Index of the Clare Champion 1903-1935

Here's an exciting new Clare Roots project that will help people all over the world via Clare County Library website: Digitisation of the Biographical Index of the Clare Champion 1903-1935.The project is a collaboration between Clare Roots Society and Clare County Library. Clare Roots Society is looking for volunteers to assist in the collection and recording of Biographical Notices published in the Clare Champion Newspaper for years 1903-1934. This information will create a searchable index to be made available on the Clare Library website for Public access when completed. A similar project was undertaken some years ago for Clare Champion…


Irish TV visits Clare Roots Society

Irish TV paid a visit to to the February 2015 meeting of the Clare Roots Society so if you are curious to know what a Clare Roots meeting looks like tune in to and look at Clare Matters no 31.


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.