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…

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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…

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Clare Past Forum accepting new registrations again

The administrator of the Clare Past forum at http://www.ourlibrary.ca/phpbb2/ has just posted that the required upgrades to the forum have now been applied and the forum can accept new registrations again.

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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

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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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Coming Meetings & Lectures

Meeting Venue: McGuire Room, Old Ground Hotel, Ennis 
Time: 8:00 pm

21st September 2017
Workshop on tracing your family

19th 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 Asylums

16th 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 in the movement of people between those countries and women’s stories within that. Prior to working with Pro Gen Debra owned and operated her own genealogy business in both London and Melbourne, teaching adults genealogy, researching for private clients and volunteering at a local historical society. Her love of genealogy stemmed from her mother’s interest and early research which she took over around ten years ago. Her genealogical education includes the Advanced Diploma in Local History from Oxford University and distinction completion of the Certificate in Family History from the Society of Australian Genealogists. Debra is also a full member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists & Researches in Australia.

18th January 2018
'Namesakes and Nicknames' by Dr Clodagh Tait. Naming practices in Early Modern Ireland, 1540-1700' in Continuity and Change "The simple annals of my parish poor": Stories from the parish registers. Clodagh Tait graduated from University College Cork with a degree in History and Folklore followed by a PhD. in History. She currently lectures in History at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, having previously worked in the University of Essex, University College Dublin, and NUI Maynooth. Her book, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550-1650, was published in 2002 and she has also co-edited Age of Atrocity: Violent Death in Early Modern Ireland (2007) and Religion and Politics in Urban Ireland, c.1500-1750 (2016). She has published articles on a wide variety of topics including commemoration, violence, martyrdom, childbirth and infant rearing, naming, religious culture, and the folklore of graveyards. Her forthcoming  publications include an article on the social history of early modern Ireland in the second volume of The Cambridge History of Ireland, and another on emotional responses to the 1641 rebellion in M. Braddick and P. Withington's Popular Culture and Political Agency in Early Modern Ireland.