Kilrush & District Historical Society lecture 8 p.m. on Tuesday 26 September 2017

Dear KDHS members and friendsThe first Kilrush & District Historical Society lecture of the 2017/8 season will be delivered by the society's secretary Paul O'Brien. In a change to the original schedule, the topic will be 'The grand old man of the Australian Parliament': The Hon. John Meagher (1836-1920), M.L.C., K.C.S.G. The lecture will take place in the Teach Ceoil on Grace Street at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 26 September.John Meagher was born on 8 December 1836 at Kilrush, son of Roger Meagher (or Maher) and Catherine Mahony. In the early 1860s, he immigrated to Australia, where he married Mary…


Clare Roots Society Lecture Programme September 2017 to January 2018 published

Coming Meetings & LecturesMeeting Venue: McGuire Room, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis Time: 8:00 pm21st September 2017Workshop on tracing your family19th October 2017'The best of intentions' by Dr Rose Molloy. Approaches to dealing with insanity and the insane in nineteenth- century Ireland, with particular emphasis on Ennis and Tralee District Lunatic Asylums16th November 2017'Tracing your Australian relations' by Debra Carter. Debra Carter has worked with Ancestry Pro Genealogists in London since its inception in January last year. Her main areas of expertise are England and Australia, although She also researches Ireland, the United States, Canada and Norway. She is particularly interested…


Clare Past Forum accepting new registrations again

The administrator of the Clare Past forum at has just posted that the required upgrades to the forum have now been applied and the forum can accept new registrations again.


Wanted: County Clare photos by the Arthur family of Ennistymon

The Arthur family were renowned photographers based in Ennistymon, County Clare, from the mid-19th Century to the 1940s. In their studio in Ennistymon, Joseph William, and his children Joseph, John, William and Catherine, created a wide ranging collection of images of County Clare on glass plate negatives and film. At various times, the Arthur family also had studios in Ennis, Miltown Malbay, Kilkee and Lisdoonvarna.If you have a photograph by any of the Arthurs, Clare Roots Society would welcome a copy. Contact Eric Shaw at


Dates of coming Clare Roots Society meetings

Please note that The Maguire Suite, Old Ground Hotel, has been reserved for Clare Roots Society meetings on the following dates which you might like to note in your diaries: 2017 September 21st.; October 19th.; November 16th; 2018 January 18th.; February 15th.; March 15th.; April 19th.; May 17th. Notification of speakers and topics will follow.




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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