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.

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KDHS AGM and lecture by Caroline Wilson this Tuesday 27 Jun 2017

Dear KDHS members and friends The Annual General Meeting of Kilrush & District Historical Society will be held in the Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, on this coming Tuesday 27 June at 7:30pm. It will be followed at 8pm by Caroline Wilson's lecture on "The Fisherfolk of Kilrush: A Study of Traditional Fishing Methods in Kilrush", based on her 2016 thesis for the MA in Local History at the University of Limerick. The fisherfolk of Kilrush were an almost separate community within the town of Kilrush. The study examines their economic and social background and everyday lives as told through…

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Planning a visit to Clare - a vade mecum

Genealogists visiting Clare might like to browse the Check-list and Tips for Family Historians Intending to Visit Clare in the Clare County Library "Clare Past" forum. Apart from Clare research tips it lists some important points that one might like to take into account when planning the trip. It's a forum thread so the indigenous and experienced Clare genealonauts are welcome to add suggestions and/or corrections.

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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.

Dear KDHS members and friends

 

The Annual General Meeting of Kilrush & District Historical Society will be held in the Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, on this coming Tuesday 27 June at 7:30pm. It will be followed at 8pm by Caroline Wilson's lecture on "The Fisherfolk of Kilrush: A Study of Traditional Fishing Methods in Kilrush", based on her 2016 thesis for the MA in Local History at the University of Limerick.

 

The fisherfolk of Kilrush were an almost separate community within the town of Kilrush.  The study examines their economic and social background and everyday lives as told through the living memories of various contributors.  These memories date back to the early 1920s and are representative of a variety of members from the fishing community including several generations of fishermen, fish buyers and some of the children and grandchildren of the fisherfolk of Kilrush. Caroline's thesis examined the profile of the fisherman and his family, and the various gender roles associated with salmon fishing.  The lecture will describe in detail the methods and skills required for fishing on this part of the river Shannon, until the ultimate demise of traditional fishing in 2007.

 

Caroline is the daughter and granddaughter of Kelly fishermen from Kilrush. The Kelly family fished drift and draft net licences for many generations.  Growing up as a member of this fishing community, Caroline's childhood involved fishing processes such as repairing nets and preparation and sale of salmon.

 

KDHS lectures are free to members, EUR5 for non-members.  New members are welcome.  The annual membership fee (July-June) is EUR20 and renewals are due at the AGM.

 

This will be the last regular monthly lecture of the 2016/7 season and lectures will resume on the last Tuesday of September.  KDHS will not be idle during the summer, as we are planning a trip to Scattery Island on

30 July and a number of special events for National Heritage Week (19-27 August).

 

Paddy Waldron

PRO, KDHS.

Genealogists visiting Clare might like to browse the Check-list and Tips for Family Historians Intending to Visit Clare in the Clare County Library "Clare Past" forum. Apart from Clare research tips it lists some important points that one might like to take into account when planning the trip. It's a forum thread so the indigenous and experienced Clare genealonauts are welcome to add suggestions and/or corrections.