County Clare Genealogy

County Clare Genealogy

County Clare Ancestry and Family History

Irish name: An Clár

County Clare is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, being located in the province of Munster. Located on the west coast of Ireland, Clare is northwest of the River Shannon covering a total area of 1,215 square miles (3,147 km²). The population of the county is 126,194 according to the 2006 census. Clare is the 8th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 19th largest in terms of population.
There was a Neolithic civilisation in the Clare area — the name of the peoples is unknown, but the Prehistoric peoples left evidence behind in the form of ancient dolmen; single-chamber megalithic tombs, usually consisting of three or more upright stones. Clare is one of the richest places for these tombs in Ireland, the most noted is in The Burren area, it is known as Poulnabrone dolmen which translates as the hole of sorrows. The remains of the people inside the tomb have been excavated and dated to 3800 BC. Ptolemy created a map of Ireland in his Geographia with information dating from 100 AD, it is the oldest written account of the island with geographical features. Within his map Ptolemy names the Gaelic tribes inhabiting it and the areas in which they resided; in the area of Clare he identified a tribe known as the Gangani. Historians have found the tribes on the west of Ireland hardest to identify with known peoples, however Camden and O'Conor speculated a possible connection between the Gangani and the Concani, one of the eleven tribes in the confederacy of the Cantabri in the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula.
During the Early Middle Ages the area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach Aidhne, until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by the Dalcassians in the mid-10th century. It was renamed Thomond, meaning North Munster and spawned Brian Boru during this period, perhaps the most noted High King of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond was in place as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan. There was some Norman influence during the 14th century due to battles with the de Clare's for control. Sovereignty of Thomond was handed over to the Tudors in 1543 and the area joined the Kingdom of Ireland as a county. After the kingdom was merged into the United Kingdom, there were wars in the 20th century which resulted in secession of the Irish Free State. The conclusion of the pro-treaty, anti-treaty Irish Civil War confirmed its status — the state became the present republic Ireland in 1937.
County Clare succeeded the district of Thomond (which was part of Connacht), and when first created it was sometimes called County Thomond. Its nickname is the Banner County, which may refer to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political meetings and public occasions.

Some towns and villages of county Clare where we have researched Clare Ancestors are;

1. Carrigaholt 2. Doolin. 3. Ennis. 4. Ennistymon 5. Quin 6. Shannon. 7. Feakle 8. Liscannor 9. Kilbaha 10. Miltown Malbay 11. Lahinch 12. Crusheen 13. Ballyvaughan

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Catholic Parishes of County Clare

What follows is a listing of copies of Roman Catholic parish registers fo county Antrim that can be researched in either the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast or the National Library in Dublin. If you are researching county Clare ancestors, there are 48 RC parishes in County Clare. They are as follows;

B=Baptisms M=Marriages Bl=Burials

1. Beagh 2. Ennistymon 3. Glangaragh (Ballyvaughan) 4. Kilcronin & Kilconry 5. Kilfenora 6. Kilshanny 7. Liscannor 8. Lisdoonvarna 9. New Quay 10. Broadford 11. Carrigaholt 12. Clarecastle 13. Clondegad 14. Clonrush (Mountshannon) 15. Corofin 16. Crusheen 17. Donnass & Truagh. 18. Doora & Kilraghtis 19. Dysart 20. Ennis 21. Feakle 22.Inagh 23. Inch & Kilmaley 24. Kilballyowen 25. Kildysart 26 Kilfarboy (Milltown Malbay) 27.Kilfadane 28. Kilkee 29. Kilkeedy 30. Killoloe 31. Kilanena (Flagmount) 32. Killard 33. Killimer 34. Kilmacduane 35. Kilmihil 36. Kilmurry-Ibrickane 37. Kilmurry-McMahon 38. Kilnoe & Tuamgraney 39. Kilrush (St Senan's) 40. Newmarket 41. O'Callaghan's Mills 42. Ogonneloe 43. Quin & Clooney 44. Scarriff & Moyne 45. Sixmilebridge 46. Tualla 47. Cratloe 48. Parteen & Meelick

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Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

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