Friday, 10 November 2017



The second lecture in the 2017-2018 Old Kilfarboy Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday night 14 November at the Malbay Hotel, Miltown Malbay at 8PM. Please see attached poster for further details.


'The Holy Wells of Clare' – a talk by Michael Houlihan. 
This talk gives a brief history of sacred springs, an overview of Clare well types, a discussion on the protocol and customs at wells and a review of holy wells in the Ennis area.

Lecture takes place on Tuesday 14th November in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, at 8pm. Lectures are free to members, €5 for non-members. New members are always welcome. 
Hope you can join us.

Enquiries to 

Friday, 3 November 2017


We have a lot of new files added this month. We have one from Limerick. We haven't heard from Limerick in awhile. :)

**We have gone over 120,000 headstones - so that is exciting.**

If you are good at puzzles and would like to tackle some old, hard headstones. I have lots waiting for a brave person.
If you would like to volunteer - email me at

ARMAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballymacnab Old Graveyard - McKee & McParlan

CAVAN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kill New Graveyard

DONEGAL, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Holy Trinity Church Graveyard, Carrigart
Donaghmore, St. Patrick's (CoI)
Meenglass(CoI) Diocese of Raphoe

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cem., St. Anne's Section, Parts 6 & 7

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mt. Jerome, Pts 178, 179 & 180 (w/ vaults & input from Cem. Office)

DUBLIN, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Golden Bridge Cemetery, Part 2 (D-G)

FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Magheracross Parish Church Graveyard, Ballinamallard

GALWAY, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Rahoon Cemetery

LEITRIM, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Carrigallen R.C. Graveyard

LIMERICK, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Mungret Graveyard

MONAGHAN & FERMANAGH, Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Clones Par. Registers, Burials 1819-1821 (W. Div.)

ROSCOMMON, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Ballinlough Graveyard (CoI)
Elphin Cathedral

SLIGO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Court Abbey - Section C

SLIGO, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Kilmorgan Burial Ground

TYRONE, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Urney Cemetery, Parts - Completed

WATERFORD, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St. Otteran's, Waterford City, Part 8

WESTMEATH, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Moate, St. Mary's (CoI)

WEXFORD, Genealogy Archives - Newspapers
Workhouse Entries & Deaths 31 Aug 1867 & Feb 1862

WICKLOW, Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Greenane, Main Cemetery, Part 2


Thursday, 2 November 2017


two 'must have' books for those interested in the history of 
Co Clare.

 The book launch for both volumes will take place on
Thursday, November 9, 2017
at 8pm at 
the Old Ground Hotel

 Women of Clare is the third book for Lucille Ellis... her previous books have been Bindon Street and Bank Place and Ennis at Work in the 19th Century.

Women of Clare tells of the lives of 16 women who had a great influence in lives all over the world. These women came from all walks of life, from all manner of occupations.

Drumcliff (Section B) is the second publication for Flan Heir. His first was The Turnpike. Flan had the asssitance of his wife, Bella, in recording the gravestones, quite a mammoth task, considering the book contains 535 gravestones, covering names and dates of 1,135 people. 

It also includes a selection of obituaries from local newspapers covering the years from 1967-2016, which give a great deal more about family connections. The research was complemented by the use of drone technology to record the location of grave plots.

You can read full details with regards to both books in the article below. Please click on it to enlarge.

You can read the list of Clare Roots Publications here

For details re purchase, you can contact

Monday, 30 October 2017


 is holding a 
 as follows

Mass of Remembrance, 11:30 a.m. Ennis Cathedral 
followed by 
12:30 p.m. Launch of New Book by Clare Roots on 'Carmody's Hotel' 
at Ennis Parish Centre (rear of Cathedral). 

An Ecumenical Wreath Laying Ceremony 
at 2:00 p.m. by Remembrance Plaque 
at Carmody's Hotel Site (YOLO's) 
concludes the event.

Event Date:    14th January 2018

Contact Details:    
Secretary, Clare Roots Society

Thursday, 26 October 2017



Rockstar Genealogists 2017: Canada

Join me in congratulating the top Canadian Rockstar Genealogists 2017. The list comprises the six receiving most votes of the twelve nominated.

1. Gail Dever
2. Dave Obee
3. Lorine McGinnis Schulze
4. Glenn Wright
5. David Pike
6. Lynn Palermo


Rockstar Genealogists 2017: Australia and New Zealand

Join me in congratulating following top genealogists from Australia and New Zealand who received most votes as Rockstar Genealogists 2017. The list comprises the five receiving most votes of the ten nominated. 

1. Michelle Patient
2. Jill Ball
3. Helen V Smith
4. Chris Goopy
5. Alona Tester
Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


The annual Ennis Book Club Festival will back from 02-04 March 2018

Ennis Book Club Festival 02-04 March 2018

The annual Ennis Book Club Festival is back from 02-04 March 2018. Just 18 weeks to go! Time to plan that spring journey to Ennis for our annual feast of reading and friendship at Ireland's only dedicated Book Club Festival.

We've lots of exciting plans in the pipeline, which we'll unveil over the coming weeks as they are confirmed. To be the first in the know, make sure to follow us on Facebook andTwitter and register for our monthly newsletter on:

To kick-start the 2018 countdown, this October issue contains:

Look forward to seeing you in Ennis in 2018!  # EBCF2018

Ennis Book Club Festival Extra Event In Photos

See below a selection of photographs from Ennis Book Club Festival first ever Extra event – Roddy Doyle in conversation with Sinead Gleeson.

Book Your Festival Accommodation Early!

Book your Festival weekend accommodation early and avail of the following Early Bird Accommodation rates at our Ennis hotels.

Auburn Lodge Hotel: +353 65 682 1247

  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal:
    (2nd March 2018 x 2 nights or 3rd March 2018 x 2 nights)
    1 person €99 / 2 people €170 / 3 people €255
  • 3 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal: (2nd March 2018 x 3 nights)
    1 person €140 / 2 people €240 / 3 people €350
  • 1 nights B&B: (Saturday 3rd March 2018):
    1 person €79 / 2 people €95 / 3 people €119
10% Discount on the above prices if booked before 22nd December 2017.

Old Ground Hotel: +353 65 682 8127

  • 1 night B&B @ €120 single occupancy;
    €145 twin / double occupancy
  • 2 nights B&B and 1 Evening Meal @ €159 pps
One complimentary room booking for group bookings @ €159 pps rate of 10 bedrooms or more.

Temple Gate Hotel: +353 65 682 3300

  • €120 per night based on a 2 night stay or
    €135 on a 1 night stay (Room rate valid until 23 December 2017)

Hotel Woodstock: +353 65 689 9800

  • €90 B&B double/twin room
  • €75 B&B single room 

Treacys West County Hotel: +353 65 686 9600

  • Two Nights Bed & Breakfast with 1 Dinner on an evening of the guests choice priced at €99 per person sharing. A single supplement of €20 applies and therefore priced at €119 for single occupancy.

Be sure to quote Ennis Book Club Festival when making all bookings!

Man Booker Winner

George Saunder's Lincoln in the Bardo was announced as 2017 The MAN Booker winner yesterday. We are really looking forward to reading this!

Ennis Book Club Festival Recommends

'One of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit' Sunday Times

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other 'tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks.

'The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming – culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

Ruth will be speaking at the 2018 Ennis Book Club Festival, and it's always great when your book club has read some of the author's work.

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The Ennis Book Club Festival aims to promote and celebrate reading. Each year, readers both from Ireland and further afield, come to Ennis to share their love of all things book related. The Festival includes author readings, discussions, workshops and walking tours through the historic streets of Ennis. Over the past ten years, the Festival has become synonymous with quality programming, vibrant discussion and, most importantly, sheer 'good fun' in the Friendliest Town in Ireland.

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Ennis Book Club Festival
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Cahercalla Road
Ennis, Co Clare

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