Date: 23rd December 2004
Hullo to all concerned with the website. Thank You for the excellent work
put in by all you clever people. I check the Site every second day for
"What's New" as I am collecting the
While I am online I am so amazed at the marvellous information available.Must
be the best county for sources for Family History in the whole of Ireland.
I have yet to find one that compares. I know because I have looked. Best
wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year 2005.
Date: 2nd December 2004
Would you please express my warmest congratulations to Sonia
Schorman on the excellent work displayed with shots
from all over Clare. This is a fantastic resource to have available
for both people away from home in Clare and those researching and interested
in tourism. Sonia Schorman is possibly County Clare's most persuasive
history, culture and tourism sales person. Again, excellent work and I
hope this will catch on with other libraries around the country.
Date: 15th November
Your library's services on the internet compel me to write this. Not only
have you made marvelous data sources, like the Tithe
for Clare, and numerous other documents available, but facilitated
their search with your website Google. Your labors, your devotion and
your management skills in recruiting
volunteers around the world to enter these data are admirable. I hope
they are appreciated and supported by the County government, as well as
by users like myself. Surely your efforts will produce economic dividends
in tourism for the County. Clare was my favorite destination in Ireland,
even before I knew two of my mother's grandparents came from there. (In
the States, they found mates from nearby. One married a man from Castletown,
Tipperary, near Killaloe. The
other married a girl from Pallas Grean, Limerick.) My original attraction
to Clare, in five past visits, was the music in Doolin,
Lisdoonvarna, and Kilfenora.
Now, with much more knowledge of my origins, I have additional incentives
to come back to Clare. Should you have any budget problems with the County,
I hope commendations like this may help. It would be great if your zeal
spreads to the libraries of other Counties, who have nothing to match
your website. If you can be missionaries to them, bail o Dhia ar an obair!
Go raith maith agat!
Terrence E. Connolly
Baldwinsville, NY, USA
Date: 3rd November 2004
Greetings to you. As a descendant of families from Clare, I must first
tell you that your genealogy
web site is one of my prized links. You and your workers do a remarkable
and much appreciated job helping Clare families all over the world! I
just learned that your Tithe
records for Feakle parish are now online... Thanks again for the service
you provide to so many people.
Date: 2nd November 2004
Hello there. Have just browsed through the photo collection of railways
in Clare. Would it be possible for someone to answer a query? I would
like to know when the railways started operating in Clare? My grandfather
arrived in Australia and was immediately working as a "train driver".
It would seem impossible that he worked in this position without having
gone through the grades. Hence my interest in the Clare Railway system
and its beginnings. Oh yes, both my grandparents came from Clare. I am
proud of my heritage. On a lovely sunny Saturday morning in northern New
South Wales - known as "God's Country" - named that way by the
New South Wales,
The Limerick to Ennis Rail line was opened in 1859 and ran between those
two towns. It was later extended to Sligo and ran north from Ennis, in
the Galway direction. The West Clare
Railway was started in 1884 and ran until 1961. I hope this information
Clare County Library]
Date : 5th October 2005
Hi Guys! I have just spent several hours enjoying your site, and being
amazed by what you have! A many-times great-grandmother came from Tulla
to Australia, alone, at the age of about 13, in 1852. I
can now see why. I was delighted to see her father, Patrick Egan,
carpenter, mentioned in Slater’s
directory of 1846. Apart from this I could find nothing. But your
site has given me a great deal to think about – thanks.
Date: 1st October 2004
Have you any idea how superior your web site is to many, many
others? I have been doing a family search for 3 years, all in Clare, and
have moved around into others and superior is the only way to describe
your web site, your library system, your employees and the information
we have all benefited from.
Date: 28th September
Wow, your site has really improved since I first started coming to it
in 2001. I wish you well and will continue to point people in your direction.
Date: 1st September
Clare Library I can't believe my luck in hitting your web site! What a
marvel it is that you put so much effort and fun into children's
reading. I am very impressed with your work! Well done once again
for your superb work.
Date: 30th August 2004
Congratulations on the new
photo section of the Library website. Good thumbnails, larger images
rapidly viewable, good search facility. Had
great fun browsing it.
Date: 12th July 2004
First of all, I would like to thank you for all the fabulous information
on your website. The Tithe
Applotment Transcription Project came together so quickly that I couldn't
believe my eyes! Its a great testament to a dedicated and highly organized
staff! Thanks to this wealth of information I have finally (after 10 years)
discovered my family's (Clancy) townland (Glenconane)...
Again, thank you for your time and efforts.
Date: 15th June 2004
Dear Clare Library Staff,
Just a note to let you all know how much I enjoy your website. It is very
useful to me in my studies, and I appreciate the time and effort you put
into maintaining links, attending to the visual images, and editing the
text with flair and attention to detail. I visited your library in person
last summer, but since I cannot return for a while, your online library
is the next best thing. Again, many thanks!! Hope you enjoy a great summer.
New York, U.S.A.
Date: 12th May 2004
Congratulations. Your website is really "beaut" (An Australian
term!). I am in need of some guidance.
My gt grandfather, James Carroll, was sentenced in the Ennis Court on
2 June 1831 for assaulting a dwelling house and transported for life to
Australia. He served 14 years and then received a conditional pardon which
meant he could never leave the colony. I have recently found an article
in The Times of Wednesday June 8, 1831 giving details of a case before
the court and it is headed "Thursday, June 2, Fifteen Men transported
from the dock" and goes on to tell of what these men did in bursting
into the house of an aged clergyman, demanding land and then smashing
the windows. They were members of the Terry Alts. I think this relates
to my gt grandfather but unfortunately the report did not list names.
Do records still exist in Ennis and if so how do I obtain a copy which
may make mention of the men transported? I look forward to your recommendations.
(An Aussie now living in New Zealand on a grey and overcast morning)
Thank you for your e-mail to Clare County Library and your query relating
to your forebear James Carroll and the Special Commission held in Ennis
in early June 1831 pursuant to Terry Alt agitation in the county at that
time. There is a detailed account of the trial of James Carroll (before
Judge Moore) who "was indicted that he on the 8th of April did take
from the house of Mr. Smith at Castlefergus, one gun, the property of
Mr Smith, one gun the property of Mr. Singleton, one gun the property
of Richard Griffin, and seven guns belonging to His Majesty ..."
(Clare Journal, 6 June 1831). The prosecution, defence, verdict
and sentence are given in extenso in the paper. Interestingly, James Carroll
was sentenced to death for this crime but the Lord Lieutenant, on the
application of the Attorney-General (who prosecuted the offence) commuted
the capital sentence to one of transportation for life. I will be happy
to send you a printout of the contemporary newspaper reports if you e-mail
me your full postal address in New Zealand. There might also be information
in other sources, notably the 'Outrage Papers' held in the National Archives,
Dublin; and Peter Gorman. "A Report on the Proceedings under a Special
Commission of Oyer and Terminer in the Counties of Limerick and Clare
in the months of May and June 1831, including the Proceedings of the Adjourned
Commission in Ennis" (Limerick, 1831). Possibly the ship James Carroll
was transported on was the Asia V 2 arriving in Australia on 2nd December
With best wishes,
Clare County Library
Date: 10th May 2004
I wanted to thank you for posting some fascinating history, information
and records about County Clare on your website. It is be by far the best
website I've found in all my exploration of websites in the Western Counties.
My grandfather, Mathew Shinners (b. about 1840) , came from somewhere
near Killaloe in County Clare or County Tipperary (Newport) but we're
not sure exactly where (and we're not sure of his parents or other siblings).
In the history of the Hedge
Schools (1824) I found an 'Elizabeth Shinners' as mistress of a hedge
school in Killaloe Parish in the 'Townland or Place' of "Agherine".
Is there any place (or would anyone know) where I could find where "Agherine"
is or was located? The 'Shinners' name is not all that too common and
any direction you could point us towards would be deeply appreciated.
Murray, Kentucky, USA
Thank you for your e-mail to Clare County Library enquiring about the
Shinners name, and the placename 'Agherine.' To the best of my knowledge,
Agherine refers to the townland of Aharinagh More in the parish of O'Briensbridge.
Note that Aharinagh names two townlands, Aharinagh Beg (small or lower
Aharinagh) in the parish of Killokennedy, and Aharinagh More (big or upper
Aharinagh) in the parish of O'Briensbridge. Note also that the spelling
of this townland varies somewhat over the decades and centuries. In the
Books of the mid and late 1820s it is spelled Aherina (for the O'Briensbridge
townland) and in the Griffith's
Valuation of the mid 1850s it is spelled Aharinaghmore. In the Tithe
Applotment Book for the parish of O'Briensbridge, dated February 1824,
there is an entry for an Edm.d Shinners (Edmund or Edmond). In the Griffith's
Valuation dated 1855, there are no entries for Shinners in this townland.
It would appear that
the family had left the townland between the mid 1820s and the early to
mid 1850s. Note that there is an entry in Griffiths for a Mary Shinners
in the townland of Ballymoloney
in the parish of Killokennedy in 1855.
This townland (Ballymoloney) is a few short miles north/north-east of
Aharinagh Beg and Aharinagh More and so is close enough to be significant
for your purposes. Note also that Aharinagh Beg and Aharinagh More, though
in two different parishes, are in fact adjoining townlands. If you e-mail
me your full postal address in Kentucky I will be happy to post you out
the extracts from the Tithes (Edm.d Shinners) and from Griffith's (Mary
Shinners) as well as maps of the relevant townlands showing their extent
and position. I will include a copy from the 1824 Hedge Schools list as
well. Thank you for your kind comments about our website, and I hope the
above notes are helpful to you.
With best wishes,
Clare County Library.]
Date: 29th April 2004
That is a flattering little biography of my
distant ancestor. I enjoyed it.
Yass, NSW, Australia
Date: 15th April 2004
I have written to you before this
to thank you for your notice board and how I found my family from Coney
Island. Our latest news is that we are coming to County Clare. We arrive
in Dublin, from Heathrow, on 2 July, and depart Shannon on 8 July. How
exciting is that! We are going with them to the island to see the remains
of the family home, graveyard, church etc. I have also found my gg grandmother
Catherine Ginnane on your 1901 Census for Coney Island (DED Number 67/16).
Thank you again for your help.
Windsor, NSW, Australia
Date: 14th April 2004
As a role-model for all libraries seeking to make their resources accessible
online, Clare County Library in the Irish town of Ennis has created an
exemplary website at www.clarelibrary.ie, one that could hardly be bettered...
The Good Web Guide
Date: 1st April 2004
I must compliment you highly for the very fine work you have put into
placing genealogical information
your site. As a county library you are a leader in the country for this
great effort in local studies.
Mise le meas,
Pádraig Mór Ó Gealagáin
Date: 1st April 2004
I just wanted to write to thank all those who are involved in the CLASP
project [the 1901
Census]. My grandmother and grandfather were from Clare and I appreciate
the time and labor involved in transcribing the material. Having done
some research on my own, looking at the microfilm, and copying documents
can be tedious work. I've been somewhat successful and am looking forward
to when the Census is complete. I visit the website about twice a month,
and I usually find something new.
Date: 31st March 2004
Hello. I have discovered your web site and have been using it with great
success to help build my family tree. Having access to the Griffiths
valuation 1855 and the 1901
census of Clare has been of enormous value...
Date: 24th March 2004
Up to a few years ago you would have had to pay handsomely or commit much
time to finding out information on County Clare, its history and its genealogy.
Today the Clare County Library website contains a fantastic array of information,
including access to all manner of census records on the county. It is
also bang up to date with current useful information on County Clare.
So if your needs are more to do with present day County Clare, it is your
one stop shop.
Connect at msn.com.
Date: 22nd March 2004
Could you please advise if you have any facilities for enquiries i.e notice
boards regarding genealogy. I am hoping to find relatives of John Doyle
who lived in Ennis/Ennistymon(?) before moving to England. From information
on his son John Joseph's marriage certificate in 1961, I know he was a
boot & shoe maker and he lived in London. I would be most grateful
for any help/advice you could give.
you can post messages on Clare genealogy at
County Clare message board and Rootsweb's
County Clare mailing List,
Best of luck in your research,
Clare County Library]
Date: 18th March 2004
The information you've included on your website is brilliant. All the
online resources and other county
data is unparalleled. I've had occasion to request
research assistance and your staff has been consistently knowledgeable,
enthusiastic, prompt and courteous. It's a real
pleasure dealing with your library.
Date: 17th March 2004
Happy St. Patrick's Day to my fellow Irish men and women of County Clare!!!
John J Maloney
Tolland, Ct., USA,
Via Six Mile Bridge, Ireland.
Date: 8th march 2004
Dear Library staff: I have been referred to your website from a government
official after I made a similar inquiry there. Could you please tell me
the most popular surname in Ireland? I have a bet with a gentleman here
in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, that it is Murphy. He is under the impression
that it is O'Brien. If neither of these names are the most popular, we
at least need to know which one of these two is the most used. My mother's
maiden name was Murphy, he is an O'Brien. There is a tremendous bar tab
waiting to be made up on St. Patty's Day, that the loser has to pay. Your
time and attention to this earth shattering important issue is much appreciated.
[ Dear Rog,
Thank you for your e-mail enquiring about which surname is the most populous
in Ireland. According to Robert E. Matheson's Special report on surnames
in Ireland together with varieties and synonyms of surnames and Christain
names in Ireland (Dublin, 1901), the most populous surnames are as
I hope this answers your query and the proceeds of the bar tab are well
spent on St Patrick's Day in Lincoln!
With best wishes,
Clare County Library].
Date: 5th March 2004
I am wondering if you are able help with this query. I am looking for
the words to a song titled "Ennistymon on the Inagh" written
over 30 years ago. Is there any possibility that it may be available in
any of your local library publications? If so would you be kind enough
to e-mail me the words.
PS My late mother's family originated from Co. Clare.
[Dear Mr. Judge,
you will find all the words of the song "Ennistymon on the Inagh",
written by Tadgh Ó hEagráin (whose son, Fursa, works in
Ennistymon Library), on our website under Literature
and Learning in Ennistymon and North Clare.
Clare County Library]
Date: 2nd March 2004
I was tinkering with a new novel, with nothing much to do beyond tinkering,
and I (on a whim, which just may have been egotistical) searched for my
Branch. I'm still proud of the book, but I am also a realist, so it
was a moment of revelation and elation when I found your mention of my
book. Thank you so very much for recognising what I was trying to put
into it. I sincerely hope your readers will look at it. But where on earth
the 'larger public' will get a copy is a mystery! I think I have the last
30 copies printed, and gathering dust, here beside me. I will of course
dash over to County Clare, which I love, and sign copies, which I will
provide free -- at a moment's notice. Well, maybe in the Spring.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
[Dear Mr Hummer,
we have eight copies of Red Branch, and it has been borrowed twenty eight
times so far by our readers. We are delighted to have been able to promote
your book (in however modest a manner). We see literature
promotion as a major part of our operation as we know how hard it
can be for people to find 'a good read'. Your book is part of the promotion
which we received from the 'Well Worth Reading' scheme in 1996. Well Worth
Reading, a co-operative venture by Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex Libraries,
developed the first professionally produced fiction promotions for libraries
in 1987. Well Worth Reading subsequently merged with other bodies to create
The Reading Agency in 2002.
I have just checked Amazon, and your
book is available there, although they do say it has 'Limited Availability'.
Clare County Library]
Date: 27th February
[Re Clare Tithe
Applotment Books Transcription Project]
what a great idea and a great project! Again you have proven yourself
the best County Library in Ireland!
Date: 24th February
Let me congratulate you all for having an absolutely fantastic site for
information on County Clare. I have relations in SixMileBridge
and your site has given me the desire to build my own Web Site regarding
the history of my name and ancestors... Thank you for stirring my interest
in Irish history.
Date: 17th February
I want to compliment you on your excellent website. It has been a great
help to me as I research my Clare ancestors. Thank you for all of your
Date: 11th February 2004
Census: wonderful work in getting this valuable resource online!
Date: 6th February 2004
Thanks for all the fine work you do and the effort it must have taken
to make so much material available to the world.
Date: 31st January 2004
Thank you so much for all the work you have done to put genealogical
material on your web site. Not only did I find the 1901
census most helpful, but your 1935-1985
Index to biographical notices, 'Clare Champion" had information
on many of our Lynch, O'Malley and Callinan relatives... Again thank you
for being so helpful! Lucy Lynch
Date: 23rd January 2004
Your website is astounding and outstanding!
Date: 15th January 2004
Dear Sir or Madam:While going through the 1659
census on your website I kept seeing the word "Teigh" or
"Oge." Are these names or titles? By the way, your website is
incredible. For someone like me in far-flung frozen Minnesota who loves
exploring family and Irish history, your website is a great joy. The way
it has grown and expanded in the last few years is truly amazing. The
best of the New Year to you all.
Stephen J. McInerny
I'm so glad someone is reading through the 1659 census! In reply to your
question, Teigh, or Teige, is a forename (Christian name). It is in use
today, usually spelt Tadhg. Oge simply means 'young' and would be the
equivalent of Junior or Jnr. today. It's spelt Og today. It was normally
used to distinguish between a father and son with the same forename.
All the best,
Clare County Library]
Thank you for your quick response to my question. I'm sure I am not the
only person around the world reading through the census. Every time I
visit your web site it seems there is something new and intriguing. Like
many Americans, I am very interested in my Irish roots and Irish history.
When I went through your 1842
directory of Kilkee and saw McInernys (MacInerneys, etc) listed I
was thrilled. My family left Kilfearagh
Parish in 1844 and ever since there has been an Austin McInerny in
every generation, including my brother and my son. To see two of them
in the Kilkee directory was a real revelation. When it comes to content,
you have by far one of the best web sites I have ever visited. Keep up
the great work.
Stephen J. McInerny
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Date: 4th January 2004
Just a short note to say thank you very much for compiling the County
Clare Griffiths Valuation
list. It is a great help.
CLARE IN AUSTRALIA.