Account Book of the O'Callaghan Estate Servants' Wages transcribed by Jane Halloran Ryan now online

The Account Book of the O'Callaghan Estate Servants' Wages from 1824-1857 is now online through the Clare Past Forum at book contains the names of over 140 servants who were hired by John O'Callaghan on Maryfort Estate during the 19th century, together with their job description, pay and date of discharge.  Some entries noted if a servant died or emigrated, and in some cases, where that servant emigrated to.  The book also contains information about servants’ ability to pay for land, where in some cases, their wages were used to offset the debt owed to O’Callaghan for their family’s…


Kilrush and District Historical Society monthly lecture Tuesday 27 February 2018

Dear KDHS members and friends In a change to the advertised calendar, the Kilrush and District Historical Society monthly lecture in the Teach Ceoil on Grace Street at 8pm on Tuesday 27 February will mark the centenary of one of the first deaths in the run-up to the War of Independence. Noel Murphy will tell the story of Tomás Ruiséal from Kerry, who was wounded by a thrust from a bayonet of a British soldier in Carrigaholt (where he was a teacher of Irish) on 24 March 1918 and died the following Wednesday in hospital in Kilrush, where a lengthy…


Transcriptions of Kilmacduane marriages 1853 – 1867 posted on Clare Past forum

Sheila Duddy has just posted her transcriptions of the Kilmacduane marriages 1853 – 1867 on the Clare Past forum at


Clare Church of Ireland records now online

The Clare Church of Ireland Parish Register collection is now live: Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991    Total Images: 758 Total Records: 13,764


Kilfiddane Marriages 1869-1880 uploaded to Clare Past Forum by Murf

Transcriptions of the Kilfiddane marriages 1869-1880 have been uploaded to the Clare Past Forum at by member Murf.


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 had over 390 members by November 2017. 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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