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Cultural heritage

Clare County Library

The Clare County Library website has a history, heritage, placenames and genealogy section that attracts a lot of interest from people all over the world. It is the principal one-stop-shop for Clare genealogy data and other heritage information including baptisms, tithe applotments, Griffith's Valuation, censuses, maps, historical texts, parish histories etc. 

Coiste Logainmneacha an Chláir (Clare Placenames Committee)

The Clare Placenames Committee was set up to advice and monitor the selection of suitable names for developments in the county. The group is representative of various cultural and historical bodies in the county and work in conjunction with council officers. The groups represented include: 

  • An Clár as Gaeilge
  • Cairdeas Logainmneacha na Sionna
  • Clare County Council
  • Clare Historical Society
  • Conradh na Gaeilge

Townlands of County Clare

A townland is the smallest geographical unit in Ireland with over 60,000 such units recorded. According to the maps of the ordinance survey, there are 2176 townlands in Clare, each providing a rich resource of placenames information. 

In 2008, funding was secured from Clare County Council and the Heritage Council, under the Clare Heritage Plan to establish a structure for the recording of Clare placenames information that is to be found within the townlands of County Clare.

The development of the Clare Placenames Project has seen several townland studies currently being conducted by volunteers across the county. Comprehensive research has been conducted into existing studies and information collected to date can be viewed on the Clare townland fieldname survey.

Changing Names - The Dynamic World of Irish Placenames and Their Meanings was the title given to the first placenames conference held in County Clare. The papers address the origins, durability and evolution of clare placenames, and the importance of their collection and preservation. 

There are a number of placenames projects in operation across the country. For anyone interested in further research, Coiste Logainmneacha an Chláir recommend the following links:

Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre

The Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre was founded in 1982 by the late Dr. Ignatius (Naoise) Cleary and is now recognised nationally and internationally as the leading centre of its kind in the country. The centre offers a professional service to persons wishing to trace their clare ancestry.

Clare Roots Society

The Clare Roots Society is a group which studies family history, genealogy and heritage of County Clare, Ireland and generates Clare genealogy data for free use. It was formed in April 2006 as an amateur history, genealogy and heritage group in County Clare.

Cuimhneamh an Chláir

Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories of Clare) is an independent, not for profit, community-based organization that aims to record, document, archive and store the memories, experiences, customs, traditions and practices that characterise County Clare. 

Ireland Reaching Out

The Ireland Reaching Out Project is an Irish government sponsored project enabling local Irish parish-based communities to reach out and engage and identify with their diaspora worldwide while also tracing their family roots. The aim of the project is to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with the Irish parish communities from which their ancestors emigrated.

The Gathering 2013

The Gathering is a year-long event in 2013. Every town and village in Ireland is invited to participate in the Gathering which will be aimed first of all at the Irish diaspora, then people with an interest in Ireland and then people at home.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 01/07/14