County Clare
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County Clare

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County Town is Ennis

County Library, Mill Road, Ennis
has a special collection
of books useful for Clare research

Clare Heritage Centre, Church Street, Corofin, Co. Clare

Registrar General, The Courthouse, Ennis

Dal gCais (annual),
Mr. G. Hughes, Glandine, Milltown, Malbay, Co. Clare

The Other Clare (annual), Ms. R. Donovan,
Shannon Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 Tullyglass Hill, Shannon,
Co. Clare

North Munster Antiquarian Society Journal. NL Ir 794105 (Index 1897-1919, NL Ir 7941 n 1)

from DH Clare Archaelogical and Historical Society
Mr. John Culliney>br> Ballyalia, Ennis, County Clare

from DH Killaloe Heritage Society
Ms. Lesley Mawson
Hill Road
Killaloe, Co. Clare

from DH North Clare Historical Society
Ms. Frances Madigan
Circular Raod
Ennistimon, County Clare

from DH Extracted from "Irish Records - Sources for Family and Local History" by James Ryan (Available through Barnes and Noble Bookstores). This county occupies the area between the lower parts of the Shannon River and the west coast. It contains the towns of Ennis, Kilkee, Killaloe, and Kilrush.

In the old Gaelic system the county was part of the Kingdom of Thomond. The major families were those of O'Loughlin, McNamara, and McMahon, and the chief family was the O'Briens. Together these families are generally referred to as the Dalcassian families.

Following the Norman invasion, the area was granted to Norman knights, but the Clare chieftains kept them from holding any substantial power in the county. In 1275 it was granted to Thomas de Clare, who attempted to take control of the county but was totally defeated by the O'Briens. When the boundaries were established by English administration in 1565, the county was still named after the family, irregardless of his defeat. In 1602, the county was joined with the province of Munster.

The major Norman settlements in the county were at Clare town and at Bunratty. The Norman castle at Bunratty was captured by the O'Briens in 1355 and held by them until the seventeenth century. In the fifteenth century, the O'Briens rebuilt the castle on the same site, and this castle, restored and refurbished, is now open to the public.

The county was badly affected by the Great Famine of 1845-7. The population was 286,000 in 1841 and in 1852 had been reduced to 212,000. Over 50,000 people died between 1845 and 50 and thousands emigrated, many to Australia. Current population is about 88,000.

from DH Most all original or copies of Clare records are held at the National Archives in Dublin and at the National Library in Dublin. The Clare Heritage Society has only extracts and indexes of these records.

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County Clare On-Line


FHLC film numbers for 1911 census
A tutorial using Co Clare data
Co Clare Data

Co Clare Church of Ireland Records from DH
Co Clare Roman Catholic Parishes from DH
Co Clare Miscellaneous Records from DH

Other OnLine Resources


Co Clare - IGW
Surname Queries for County Clare

Clare RC records available on LDS microfilm
Catholic Parishes Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre
Killaloe Marriage License Bonds 1680-1720 1760-1762 Francis Guy's Dir. of Munster 1886-Ardnacrusha

IreAtlas Townland Database
County Clare Libraries
Clare Local Studies Project
Co. Clare Family Heritage Centre computerizing parish records
Provides search service for a fee See TIARAfor customer comments

County Clare Scenic Views
The WWW Guide to County Clare
The Clare Champion


"County Clare, A History and Topography" by Samuel Lewis.

"Before the Famine Struck" and "A Starving People" (life in Kilfearagh Parish before and during famine) by Ignatius Murphy.

"Antiquities of County Clare" by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry.

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