Dates of coming Clare Roots Society meetings

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CRS Zoom Recording from November 2021

“The O'Brien Family of Dromoland” by Colm Liddy   The O’Brien’s of Dromoland were one of three branches of a family which could trace its ancestry back to an ancient king of Ireland and possessed even in this period very considerable estates in Clare. Such qualifications were conducive to a…

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Old Mill Street (Including Cornmarket, Considine’s Terrace and Old Cloughleigh) Book by Gerry Woods

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Clooney Graveyard Inscriptions Book by Jane Halloran Ryan

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The O'Brien Family of Dromoland” by Colm Liddy

 

The O’Brien’s of Dromoland were one of three branches of a family which could trace its ancestry back to an ancient king of Ireland and possessed even in this period very considerable estates in Clare. Such qualifications were conducive to a rather prickly sense of pride. O’Brien’s father was often reported as pressing himself upon the Castle’s attention, an attitude which, as it went with the qualities of ‘thinking well of himself’, being ‘a frequent, tiresome and ungraceful speaker’ and having an ‘indigested’ fund of knowledge, did not meet with great success.1 Thus when his son succeeded to the baronetcy and returned himself for Ennis, family pride needed some palliative.

O’Brien opposed the Union and, having lost his seat for Ennis by ballot in 1801, determined to become Member for Clare and sole patron of Ennis. In 1802 he succeeded in both objectives, after an expensive contest for the county and after declaring himself a supporter of the government.

Colm Liddy runs a facebook page called ‘Long Ago in Newmarket on Fergus’. Mostly social history, it features a varied mix of old photos and stories from the locality, his ultimate goal is to make a digital archive of the entire parish. Colm has written two books “Long ago in Newmarket” and “Long ago in Dromoland”

 

 

Here is the link to the recording