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Clare History

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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost
Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839
Statistical Survey of the County of Clare, 1808
County Clare - A History and Topography by Samuel Lewis,1837
Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland, 1845
Mason's Parochial Survey, 1814-19
A 1570 List of Castles in County Clare
"Edward White’s Description of Thomond in 1574"

The Coming of Christianity to Clare
Killaloe: Its Ancient Palaces and Cathedral
The Normans in Thomond
Some Historic Aspects of Ennis
The Battle of Dysert O’Dea, 1318
The Charter of Clare Abbey and the Augustinian ‘Province’ in Co. Clare.
The Abbey of Inisgad (Canons' Island)
1555 papal bulla for Clare Abbey
Castlecrine, a History
Chancery Pleadings 1584 – 1637
Lettermoylan of Clann Bhruaideadha
Medieval Learned Families of the West of Ireland [external link]
A note on the Uí Chiaróg clerical lineage of Rathbláthmaic
The Clerical Lineages of Inis Cathaigh
Clerics & Clansmen: the Vicarages & Rectories of Tradraighe in the 15th Century
The Galloglass of Thomond
The West Clann Chuiléin Lordship in 1586
Land and lineage: the McEnerhinys of Ballysallagh in the 16th Century
Early 17th Century Deed of Conveyance
The Earl of Thomond’s 1615 Survey of Ibrickan
Two 17th century Franciscans from Thomond
Documents from the Thomond Papers at Petworth House Archive

1640 register of the Thomond Papers at Petworth House

1626 Rental of Thomond Property
A Mac Fhlannchadha Fosterage Document, c.1580
The Composition of Connacht: an ancillary document
A Note on the Uí Mhaoir of Drumcliff
Conchobhar Mac an Oirchinnigh and
the Gaelic scribal tradition of County Clare

A ‘most vainglorious man’: the writings of Antonius Bruodin
The O’Neylons of Dysert and Austria
Freeholders of Kilfenora Diocese in 1601
Index to Irish Patent Rolls c1603-1625
The Spanish Armada
Cromwellian Settlement
The Jacobite Era 1685-1702
1798 Rebellion in Co. Clare
The changing ruling class in Sixmilebridge and the impact they left on the community, 1650-1900

The Penal Laws in Clare
1704 Popish Parish Priests
Report on the state of Popery, 1731

Kilrush: Notes from c1760 to 1960
West and South Clare Newspaper Notes from c 1800 to 1950
The Annals of Kilfenora
The Ennis Chronicle & Clare Advertiser, 1805
Pre-Famine Clare - Society in Crisis
Agrarian Conflict in Clare: 1815-1831
CSORP Outrage Reports, Co Clare: 1826 and 1829-31
Who was Terry Alt?
George Warburton: Co. Clare's First Professional Policeman
The Clare Election of 1828
James Patrick "The O'Gorman Mahon": His Early Life and Influences
Address of the Peasantry, 1831
Disturbed Clare, 1831
Clare County Surveyor’s Report, 1835
Poverty Before the Famine, County Clare 1835
Destitution in County Clare, 1843 and 1844
The Devon Commission, County Clare, 1845: extracts from Digest of Evidence taken before Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of the Law and Practice in respect to the Occupation of Land in Ireland
A Guide to Ennistymon Union 1839 -1850
Ennistymon Union Minute Books 1839 -1850
Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849
Report on Kilrush Workhouse, 1851
Deaths and Staff in Kilrush and Ennistymon Workhouses 1850-51

Reports and Returns Relating to Evictions in the Kilrush Union (1847-1849)
The Famine in Clare from the Illustrated London News, 1849-50
The Shipwreck of the St. John 1849
Shipwreck of the 'Edmond' at Kilkee 1850
From Clare to Van Diemen's Land, 1851
The Tasmanian Journal of William Smith O’Brien
Giles D’Arcy (1821-1903) Governor of Ennis Jail
Thomas Arthur Frost (1834-1900)
The Bodyke Evictions

Photographing the Evictions on the Vandeleur Estate, 1888
The Vandeleur Ram
The Eviction of Michael Cleary's family
Report of the Bradford Observer on the Vandeleur estate
Officials of the Vandeleur Evictions

An American Witness to the Vandeleur Estate Evictions

Clare Men & Women in the Great War
Kilrush Men in World War I
North Clare Soldiers in World War I
A Family at War: the Connoles and Hallorans of Ennistymon
Clare in World War Two / The Emergency

The 1916 Rising in Clare Newspapers
I.R.A. Volunteers in County Clare, 1916-1925
Ennis (De Valera) Sinn Fein Club List of Members, 1918 – 1920
Frongoch MS of Art O'Donnell
John Minihan Papers
The Rineen Ambush
The War of Independence in West Clare
Memoirs of Andrew O'Donoghue, War of Independence
Peter Vaughan: From the Hindenburg Line to Rineen
War of Independence and Civil War:
Patrick (Pat) Keane, Kilnamona

Witness to War 1917-1923: Commandant Séamus Hennessy
Michael Cunningham's life in the IRA & Garda Síochána
Clare Witness Statements 1913-1921
War of Independence Compensation Claims 1921 – 1923
Corofin Workhouse 1919-1920
Dr Macnamara's Account of Corofin in 1920

Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 1
Clare Revolution 1916-1923 Part 2

Shannon: Between Old World and New World
The Holy Wells of Ballynacally and Lissycasey
Saint Brigid: Holy Wells, Patterns and Relics
The Little Ark of Kilbaha
Clonroad Fairs
Around the town of Ennis
The Seaweed Industry in County Clare
The Timeless Prestige of Kilrush Lace
Qualey the Piper - "Humours of Ennistymon"
The Ralahine Commune
Ennis Turkish Baths 1869-1878
The West Clare Railway
The Building of the Shannon Hydro-Electric Scheme
Fortifications in the Shannon Estuary and Galway Bay

Travels in County Clare 1534-1911 (The Strangers Gaze)
Lloyd's Tour of Clare, 1780
Holiday Haunts in West Clare, Ireland by H.B.H. (1891)
I.T.A. Topographical and General Survey 1942/3

Crime and Punishment in Clare
Costume in County Clare
‘High Prestige’: The Story of Clare’s All Ireland Hurling Championship, 1914
Lifesaving and Swimming Club, Miltown Malbay, 1935-7
The History of Tennis, Badminton and Squash Clubs in County Clare
Education in County Clare

Emigration from County Clare

Old Territorial Divisions and Land Measures

Ennistymon Plaques and Memorials
Kilfenora Diocese - Ecclesiastical Taxation
A History of Ballycorick Church
St Joseph’s Well, Dulick
St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, 1911–2011
A History of Kilkeedy Church & Graveyard
A History of Kiltacky Church & Graveyard
Kilraghtis Graveyard, Barefield, Ennis

County Clare Estate Papers in NLI and NAI

Clare Past Forum

Digital Books (History of Clare & Ireland etc)