Date: 30th December
Dear Maureen [Comber],
Just a belated note to thank you and all at Clare Library for the reception
you gave to the Australian Genealogists'
7th Tour of Ireland participants at the Clare library back in September.
The visit was much appreciated by everyone and they learnt a great deal.
It is most important, in my view, that the Australians realise that such
a lot of good work is being done 'down the country' so to speak and that
doing their family history in Clare can be much more exciting than sitting
in an archive in Dublin! Perry McIntyre and I would hope to continue these
tours - this was the Society's 7th such tour since their inception in
1984 - until we reach walking frame stage! We would certainly want to
include Clare Library in upcoming itineraries so once again, many thanks.
My congratulations, yet again, on your website. It is quite the best in
Ireland and I hope the powers that be in the county administration have
the good sense to let you proceed to even bigger and better things.
Best wishes for 2004.
Society of Australian Genealogists 7th Tour of Ireland 2003
Date: 23rd December
Fantastic website, including the snow flakes. The Famous
Clare People section is especially interesting. The site is definitely
one of those sites one wishes to visit again and again.
Date: 23rd December
My name is Robert Normoyle and I am interested in tracing my grandfather's
history and have little to go on. I am trying to collect any information
still remaining that can be gathered by talking to relatives in the
New York area. His name was Michael Normoyle, I believe he came from
County Clare and moved to New York City, U.S.A. sometime around the
turn of the 20th century [1890-1900] maybe even a little earlier. Michael
married a German lady named Amanda Faust and they had a daughter and
4 sons. The daughter died at a very early age and the sons names were
Lawrence, Joseph, James and Herman. I hope to gain more specific information
in the future but would appreciate any information on data I should
collect or records that exist in Ireland that may aid my very shaky
start to trace my families history.
Date: 3rd December
To whom it may concern:
My name is Spencer Maguire, and I live in Kansas, USA. I stumbled upon
your site while doing an internet search, and I am very impressed, particularly
with the geneological information. I looked through your registers and
the other stuff for information about my grandmother's family, but could
not find anything at all. My grandmother was Bridget (Delia) Vincent
McGuire, and she lived in Ennistymon from her birth November 2, 1888,
until she moved to America. Her parents were Owen McGuire and Catherine
(Claire) McGuire. I thought that I would be able to find some information
on your website, but I could find no mention of them. Can you point
me in the right direction as to how to find out more about my family?
I loved learning about Ennistymon
from your website, and I would love to find any information about my
family, and maybe trace it back further. Any information would be greatly
Thank you for your e-mail to Clare County Library enquiring about your
grandmother's family the McGuires of Ennistymon. You will find your
ancestors (including your grandmother) listed on the 1901 census at
Old Church Hill, Ennistymon at the following link: http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/1901census/ennistimon_ded_old_church_hill48_31_9.htm
If you wish to receive a hard-copy print-out of their 1901 census return,
please e-mail me your full postal address. I have checked the 1911 census
returns for Old Church Street, Ennistymon, and there is no
McGuire (or Maguire) family listed there in 1911. Moving back forty-six
years in time, you might like to look at the entries for McGuire / Maguire
on Griffith's Valuation (1855), also posted on our website. I note a
Thomas (Owen) Maguire in the townland of Feagreen in 1855 (Feagreen
is approx. three or four miles south, south-east of Ennistymon): http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/genealogy/griffiths/griffithm1.htm;
and an Owen McGuire in the townland of Cahircalla More (which is adjacent
Of these two, I would suspect the former is most likely to be an ancestor,
possibly your great-great-grandfather (assuming the forename Owen comes
down the male line in your family). I can also send you a
photocopy of the entries from Griffith's Valuation if you wish. Finally,
you may wish to obtain a copy of your grandmother's birth certificate
if you have not already got a copy. You can order a copy from the General
Register Office in Dublin, http://www.groireland.ie.
With best wishes,
Clare County Library.]
Date: 3rd December
I recently came across your web site, I want to thank you for the information
that is available. Could you please tell me when the rest of the 1901
census will be available on line. I am interested in KILRUSH
and surrounding area. My great grandmother (Elizabeth MCINERNEY) and
her family came from there. Thank you again.
We have just finished Kilrush Rural and Urban DEDs and should have them
uploaded by next week.
Glad you enjoyed the site.
Information Services Librarian,
Clare County Library]
2nd December 2003
Dear Clare County Library,
On 20/2/2003 I posted an email to your Library notice
board. The subject was "Lucky Day/Night". I was so pleased
to find your website. I am now luckier because last week I received
a letter from James Ginnane of Carhue, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.
It is fairly certain that his Grandfather and my Grt. Grandfather were
brothers. James' son, Aidan, arrived in Australia on Friday for a one
year working holiday. So I have made contact with him already by email
and phone. And all of this was because one of their friends saw my email
on your web notice board.
Thank you again.
27 George St, Windsor. NSW. Australia.
Date: 14th November
Thank you ever so much for all the historical information that you have
provided on your site. I now am able to surmise that my Moroney family
of Tulla, Tulla parish actually, did come from there. Many thanks for
all your hard work. Very much appreciated.
Perth, Western Australia.
Date: 14th November
Greetings: My name is David Clancy and I am the creator of a website
called Hunting New England Shipwrecks http://wreckhunter.net.
I recently created a page on my site that describes the Saint John shipwreck
tragedy of 1849. Please check it out when you get a chance. Some of
my reserch came from your site's excellent pages on the Saint John incident
As an Irish-American and shipwreck enthusiast, I feel it is important
for me to retell the long-lost story of the Saint John.
(Hunting New England Shipwrecks).
Date: 28th October
Hi, I have just stumbled onto your website and I would like to congratulate
you and your organisation for the great site. It provides much information
for researchers of family historians.
Date: 19th October
Hello. My, I am impressed at what you are doing for us genealogists.
I am researching the Slattery family in Bridgetown.
I found a baptism of grandfather John Slattery there in 1864. His parents
were John Slattery and Ann Carey...
Date: 18th October
Hi. My name is Kath and I live in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. I have
been trying to locate the birth place (in County Clare) of my great
grandmother Honorah Howley. Her father's name was John. She was born
circa 1834/5/6 and was married in Kapunda South Australia in 1856. After
a lot of searching I have found that there were/are a lot of Howleys
in Ennis... I would like to be able to correspond with any Howleys who
may still be around and would be more than happy for my email address
to be published.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. (I myself lived in Clare,
Date: 9th October 2003
I am writing from the United States and want to congratulate you on
your fantastic site. I spend hours looking at things in our family
history. My grandfather was born in Ruan,
and my family now live in Lahinch.
My wife was born in Kilkerrin,
Labasheeda... Again , congratulations
on the great site.
Date: 15th September 2003
I just came across your website by accident while looking up something
on "Google". It's fantastic, especially the Clare
Census of 1901. My sister and myself spent weeks looking up this
census in the National Archives while researching our Father's family
- Frosts, Liddys and Quinns - and had this website been available then
we could have saved ourselves a lot of time. Keep up the good work.
Date: 15th September
Your website is excellent. Easy to use and full of information...
Date: 2nd September
My name is Michael O'Loughlin, the grandson of John O'Loughlin who was
killed in the WW1.
I was delighted to see the information on the web site, it was very
moving and really well presented and designed. I went to see his grave
in Belgium, he was in the 16th Division... I would like to thank you
on my grandfathers behalf for setting up this website as we are very
proud of him and all the other Irish men and women that died for the
Freedom of Small Nations and Ireland.
Michael O'Loughlin (native of Lisdoonvarna),
New Ross, Co Wexford.
Date: 25th August
Just thought I’d say hello since I see my book, Dreaming of a
Stranger, was most
borrowed in the library last year! Obviously lots of discerning
readers in Clare and thanks to you all in the library for clearly recommending
it to them.
Date: 22nd August
What an impressive website!! Very helpful for genealogy
- the search engine is easy to use. Thank
you so much for making this available & fun!!
Chatham, NJ, USA.
Date: 18th August
Just wanted you to know this is a great web-site. I have been to Kilkee
twice - in 1991 and 1998. I have cousins in Kilkee still. Brendan O'Donnell
and Moria McGreen. Love being able to look up all the old details, finding
O'Donnells listed and wondering if they were my ancestors.
Phyllis L. Offer,
Bloomingdale, Il USA.
Date: 12th August 2003
Just a short note to say thank you for the wonderful
surname index to Griffiths
valuation... I had an Irish spelling of our American name (Irish
= Liddane, American = Layden) so I decided to try it. I found several
matching surnames and the townland I was looking for along with the
parish and union. This has given me many more clues and I appreciate
the effort because I have done some searching in Griffith's!
Thanks again for the work and for publishing it on the internet.
Greenfield, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Date: 18th June 2003
I found your website about a year ago and was very impressed with the
information you provide. My grandmother was born in Effernan
and I had the pleasure of visiting County Clare in 1979. A gentleman
named Sean Reidy was my "tour guide", and showed me some of
the local sites as well as telling me about local history...
National Trust for Historic Preservation Library,
University of Maryland Libraries.
Date: 9th June 2003
I visited your website and found it extremely useful. I'll recommend
it to my students of Irish literature...
Benjamin van Maarschalkerweerd,
Date: 3rd June 2003
Dear Library team,
I've just spent a most informative and enjoyable time on your new history
section of the site [The
Bodyke Evictions]. It is most informative and impressively clearly
written for such a complex area. My congratulations to all who have
made this possible.
Date: 1st May 2003
I am a frequent visitor to your website and have found it to be excellent
and informative. For genealogical
purposes it is a mine of information and I eagerly await each new
addition to the 1901 Census. Thanking you all for your hard work. I
have had two trips over there in the last 10 years, but have never visited
the library. It will definitely be on my list if I ever get to return...
Once again, thanks for such a great site.
Date: 25th April 2003
This is a wonderful website and the search
engine is great. I was able to find my sister Mary Flanagan under
in schools scheme and I'm delighted that her talents are now available
for all the world to see
Date: 17th April 2003
Greetings from California! I found your website while searching out
information on Brian Boru
and I was delighted with such a wonderful discovery. Not only did I
locate the information I sought, but, I have had the doors opened to
many new adventures in literature. I will be visiting your gracious
Ireland next month and will be bringing my "Book List" with
me. Our holiday will afford us considerable time in County Clare and
we look forward to it with great anticipation. Congratulations on providing
such a comprehensive and inviting place to visit. It's like losing sense
of time while browsing in a bookstore or spending the morning in the
Go raibh maith agat!
Date: 31st March 2003
Thank you for a very informative site. My great grandfather was Henry
Valentine Macnamara who used to own the Falls
Hotel. Your site has helped me find out more information about my
Sue Trapmore (nee Macnamara),
Date: 18th March 2003
I live and work in the UK and your site is tops, excellent. I was instantly
able to trace relatives in the 1901
census and a casual look around the other features was impressive.
Well done. The reason I visit is because my father was born in Co. Clare
and for several years I have been building a family tree. This I do
on-line using an American site called Myfamily.com
which facilitates this sort of thing and it is ideal for dispersed family
groups who wish to keep in touch. As a result we have our own Dalyfamily
of Ballynacally section with several dozen members regularly logging
in. The 1901 census confirmed much of the data I already had and added
some more thus helping me with the family tree.
Date: 25th February 2003
My name is Bryce Normoyle and I live in Melbourne Australia. Over the
last eight months I have been tracing my family history and then extended
that to all Normoyles who migrated to Australia in the the 1800s. I
have developed a web page depicting the family story with the help of
other Normoyle descendants at least as much as I can to date. Eventually
I got to your web site and must congratulate you on the amount of information
it contains re County Clare. It is wonderfully informative and very
Date: 21st February 2003
Thank you for your wonderful site. I am interested in the name Guthrie
and was amazed at how often it appears on your site. If every library
in Eire put this amount of information on a site for overseas searchers
(in particular) what a wonderful world it would be!!
Rosebud, Victoria, Australia.
Date: 18th February 2003
Thanks for continuing your work on the 1901
census. Ive been waiting for Kilofin
to be entered and I discovered it was completed over the last few days.
I found several families of my ancestors. So in case you wonder whether
anyone is noticing, we are.
Hello, What a great night this is! I have discovered your GREAT site.
It is now 11.30 p.m. How will I tear myself away from it? My mother's
maiden name is Ginnane. My grandfather, Robert Kimberley Ginnane, was
born in Australia in 1900. His father came from Coney Island. I would
love to make contact with my relatives there, but the wonderful research
I have started with you tonight has given me some excellent leads. Congratulations
and thank you. Warmest wishes from 30+ degrees celsius Australia.
27 George St., Windsor. N.S.W. 2756.
Date: 17th February 2003
Again I wish to say that your website is wonderful. It is a great resource
for us here in the states who can't travel to Ireland as often as we
would like. I would say it should be a model for the other County Libraries
in Ireland to follow...
State of Maine.
Date: 16th February 2003
What a wonderful website. I have not visited it for some time, but in
the meantime it has got even better. Congratulations and thank you to
all who have contributed to it. Keep up the great work.
Date: 11th February 2003
Congratulations on a great website! I was fascinated reading the records
of the evictions
in the Kilrush Poor Law Union. I find it amazing that the authorities
at the time should actually document their injustices...
Date: 10th February 2003
I love your website. I am second generation Irish, and both of my parents
history is from Clare. The Torpeys are from Rathclooney in Tulla and
the Murphys still have their farm in Bodyke. I am attempting to put
all of my parents and grandparents stories together to develop a novel
version of our family history. The online versions of Clare
history are great...
Date: 5th February 2003
Thank you for a WONDERFUL site!
Date: 4th February 2003
It has been at least one year since I visited your web site and it was
good before and now it is absolutely GREAT. Really, you folks have done
a wonderful job. Can't wait for my third visit.
with primary ancestors from Tulla.
Date: 10th January 2003
My interest is my ggrandmother's life in Killaloe
and Limerick in 1800's. I visited your site about a year ago. What an
improvement, it is fantastic! Thank you so much for the search
facility and the easy layout. You have done so well with this. I
cannot thank you enough. I have just found my gggrandfather on the 1901
Very best wishes.