Date: 29th December 2006
I have been researching my family history (Mahers from Doolin) over
the past year and would just like to thank the library for having so
much useful information available on the website and I really appreciate
Date: 18th December
I am a descendant of the Garvey and Marrinan / Marinan family of Kilkee.
My maternal great grandmother was Margaret Garvey (b 1858 in
Davenport, Iowa USA,
d 2-16-1926 in Davenport). She was the daughter of John (b 1821 in Ireland,
d 12-20-1893 in Davenport) and Margaret Marinan Garvey (b 1824 in Ireland,
d 1-24-1876 in Davenport). To make a long story short there were many
members of both families in Davenport during the mid 1800s through mid
1900s. Many descendants still live in Davenport and across the United
States. The Davenport connection to Kilkee is prominent and includes
others such as Walsh and McCarthy. My intent in contacting you is to
ask if it would be possible for you or someone to pass this message
on to any members of either family. My hope is to find Garvey, Marinan
and O'Brien family who may be related or know of the link to Davenport.
At the very least is would be interesting to hear from members of either
family. Please freely distribute this message. People can contact me
at this email address firstname.lastname@example.org
or at the postal address below. I look forward to many responses...
I hope to visit Kilkee in the next two years.
John M Dooley
404 East Lombard Street
Davenport Iowa 52803 3044 USA
I'd recommend that you post your query on the Clare
Rootsweb mailing list and message
board and on the Clare
Ireland Genealogy Forum). See our Genealogy
page for more research support links. I'd also recommend that you
write to the Clare Champion newspaper (email@example.com)
- they regularly publish similar material. We'll post your query on
our Visitors' Book at any rate and hope you receive some replies.
Best of luck with your research,
Clare County Library]
Date: 6th December 2006
You guys have a great site. I love all the primary
documents you have available. As a library degree student and an
editor (and I have an MA in Irish Studies), I can really appreciate
all the work you guys do.
Date: 2nd December
Re: Hickey Family....Fahybeg, Killaloe, Co. Clare Ireland.
I am contacting you in regards to the above family. Firstly I would
like to say THANKYOU for all the info I have found on your site.....it
is wonderful. I have been able to find direct reference to some of this
family. My grandmother, Lilian Grace Hickey was born in Tenterfield
, NSW Australia in 1913.Her grandfather was John Hickey who left Ireland
in the early 1850's when he was a baby with his father Patrick and mother
Bridget Crotty. They were one of the pioneers of Australia...
Date: 30th November 2006
Hello, I made this listing to perhaps
help locate Michael Blake b. 1799 and his family from the Loop Head
Peninsula of County Clare. I thought perhaps you might find it useful
as well. Thank you so very much for your wonderful site, it has helped
me a lot.
Judith (Blake) Thomas
Date: 27th November 2006
The family have been trawling thorough the Co.Clare website and found
it very good reading, and easy to navigate. I'm not of the generation
to be computer literate, but because of the easy presentation I am managing
quite well... We have been trawling the website and collection of historical
documents, and have been able to find grandmother's
family in Ballydonahane. Her father, Garrett Stewart, was tenant
No.95 on Col. O'Callaghan's estate up to the 1890s. We are now trying
to find the Ratigan family. James Ratigan seems to have appeared from
nowhere round about 1899, we can't find any records of him before then.
But the sleuth is working on it, and if the information is available
she'll find it. What I would like to locate is a map showing the area
in detail, possibly an Ordinance Survey map. I must look up that website.
thank you for your kind comments on our website. You can view Ballydonoghan
townland online via our 1842
online Ordnance Survey maps. There are two
routes to take:
1: from our homepage click on 'Historical
Maps', then click '1842 Ordnance Survey 6" Maps',
then click on 'The Online Maps', then from the 'Open
a search list' box select 'Townlands/Towns',
type in 'Ballyd', select 'Ballydonaghan'
below by clicking on it, and then click on the link below that to 'Balydonoghan
on 1842 OS map'.
2. Alternatively, from our homepage click
on 'Places & Placenames', click on 'Townlands',
click on 'Abbey East to Carrigoran', and then click
on 'Ballydonaghan' to get to the page for that townland.
Follow the link to the map from there.
You will first need to install an SVG plugin for your browser to access
the maps. See http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/
Best of luck with your research,
Clare County Library]
Date: 23rd October 2006
Many thanks for the Disk with OS
6 inch 1840 Maps. They are working fine on
and off internet ... These are a fascinating insight as how things
have changed in 150 years, and they will add considerable to my walks
and exploration of the countryside.
Date: 12th August 2006
Your web site is fabulous! When here in the states, I use it regularly
to supplement my genealogy
Thank you very much.
Date: 31st August 2006
54 of the Michael
John Glynn photos there is a picture of a lady handing golfer Mary
McKenna a trophy. This lady is my late mother Mary Lynch of Lahinch
who was Lady Captain of
Lahinch Golf Club in 1974 and was officiating at the presentation
cermony. You may want to update this picture with the above information.
Thank you for the memories - these photos are terrific.
I now live in FL, USA.
Date: 26th August 2006
I would like to say thank you for a wonderful site. To see my ancestors
names there makes me feel part of Ireland. I come from the families
of Foran and White from Carrowroe,
and of course Ryan - good strong names. Again, thank you so very much.
Date: 10th August 2006
A short e-mail to say... Great website... I
needed to track a book and found it on the website and then found
its availability in the local library…. Absolutely great. Thanks
and keep up the great service...
Dr. Paul Butler,
University of Limerick
Date: 2nd August 2006
Eviction website) Just a quick line to say what an excellent website
you have put together. I was unaware of it until I recently started
looking for teaching resources, and now intend to direct my undergraduates
to it when I teach the land war in the autumn.
Dr James McConnel,
Lecturer in History,
School of History and International Affairs,
University of Ulster, Magee
Date: 12th July 2006
I would like to thank you all for providing such a wonderful service
for people who want to find out more about their ancestors' lives in
Date: 30th June 2006
It has been a great pleasure exploring your site and I have been able
to get statistics
I could find nowhere else on population.
When I see a site like this I appreciate that it takes great dedication
and commitment to produce a resource like this. I hope that all other
county libraries will follow your lead and do as good a job as has been
Thanks again for the great site.
Date: 27th June 2006
I'm a reference librarian at the State Library of Western Australia
and I'd just like to let you know how useful the Places
and Placenames section of your website is - it helped me solve a
baffling geographical question for one of our genealogy clients.
State Library of Western Australia
Date: 15th June 2006
The maps are just stunning. I have
been researching my wife's family (Redden's) who we believe came from
SixMileBridge and it has been
great finding all links in the original sources on your site - the one
thing that I have needed to place it all is the Ordnance
maps. I was very keen to study the maps from here in Adelaide, South
Australia, and am enjoying immensely all the information on your site.
Date: 1st June 2006
I leave today for two weeks in Ireland and will spend a few days of
it in Clare. I just want you to know I’ve read almost all your
web site about Clare and enjoyed it, and it will make my trip much richer.
Thanks. You’ve done a great job.
Date: 5th May 2006
I just want to drop you a line to say I have received the CD
of the 1842 Ordnance Survey Maps. I have been able to work through
the process of loading the CD and maps into my computer. These maps
will help me to appreciate the area in the Sheeaun and Cappaghabaun
Park townlands where my great great grandmother lived prior to her transportation
to Australia in 1849. I wish to thank you and the Clare library for
the CD of the 1842
Date: 25th April 2006
My thanks to all at the Library for the masses of family
history data you are putting on line. The Library offerings are
unparalleled and make one thankful that the ancestors one is digging
up came from Clare. This message is triggered by the discovery that
you have now put the 1841
Clare Registry of Freeholders (830 names) on-line. In 4 minutes
browsing I found 4 of my ancestors in the Registry and then found the
names of 4 other farmers who lived in their vicinity, thus enrichening
my knowledge of the area they lived in. I hadn't realised that they
held the freeholds or leaseholds at that time, another important piece
of new information. I also found the curious old name (Camelpark) by
which our village used to be known. A recently deceased cousin with
a prodigious memory had told me about this name but hitherto, despite
a search which bordered on the pathologically obsessive, I had been
unable to find it in any old documents. Now, thanks to the Library's
work, here it is on-line for goodness' sake. Keep up the good work!
Date: 16th March 2006
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the County Clare Library
for having such an informative web site. Your web site has to be the
best in all of Ireland. I found my family name Durick, on applotment/valuation
records posted on you site. My wife and I will be touring Ireland this
spring. I hope I am able to find a grave marker with the name Durick
on it during our travels. We will make every effort to visit your fine
Michael M. Durick
Date: 13th March 2006
Dear Clare Library,
I would like to thank you for your web site. I have spent a while browsing
the photo collection
etc hoping to get an insight into the area of my GGG Grandmother Bridget
Madigan born about 1836, who was a 15 year old orphan
from the Tulla Workhouse who came to Tasmania, Australia on board
the "Calcutta" in 1851. I thought that she would have felt
much at home here in Tasmania as it is not unlike your area... It looks
a lovely area and I visit it in my dreams.
Robin Walker (Mrs)
Date: 9th March 2006
I just want to say thank you for your wonderful web site with online
records. I live in Minnesota USA and although I did spend a few days
in Kilrush - the town where
my grandmother was born - I could not continue my family history project
without the valuable records
and maps you provide.
(grandson of Mary Catherine HANLEY (b.1854), great grandson of Walter
and Winifred Fahey HANLEY)
Date: 28th February 2006
Congratulations on your excellent web site. I have spent an interesting
time looking at my family records and have found some missing aunts
and uncles. Thank you.
All good wishes,
Date: 19th February 2006
On browsing your website today, I was delighted to see that you have
featured Louise Arnold's "The Invisible Friend" as your Children's
Book of the Month choice [February
2006]. Louise is my son's fiancee and they are living in Canterbury
(Kent, UK). In fact, he (Kieran) is named in the dedication inside the
front cover. If your readers would like to find out more information
about her, or to contact her, I am sure that they will greatly enjoy
visiting her very informative and amusing website http://greyarthur.com/.
"The Invisible Friend" has been widely acclaimed and already
has been released in several countries, including USA (under the title
"Golden & Grey"). She has just completed her second book,
which is scheduled for release sometime this summer.
My reasons for writing are twofold. Firstly, I thank you for your support
for the book (which many adults have also enjoyed reading). The second
is to express my great affection (to this day) for Clare and particularly
for the town of Ennis. I have
lived in the UK since 1966 but prior to then, I spent two very happy
and carefree years as accountant to The
Old Ground Hotel (1964 - 1966), at a time when Brendan O'Regan was
the owner and Jack Donnelly was manager. My predecessor was Tom Mannion.
I attach a copy of a photo
that appeared in The Clare Champion in 1966 - I have aged somewhat since
I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me.
11 Alexandria Drive
Kent CT6 8HX
Date: 17th February 2006
Although I do not have any ancestors who came from County Clare, I am
related to people who do. I discovered your website a few months ago
and have found the information extremely useful. We have been able to
check various records in KIlballyowen
Parish and have found mentions of their family. I believe that we
even found her greatgrandmother living in the 1901
The data, the maps, the
I wish the counties that I am interested in had such a resource.
Date: 2nd February 2006
Re your historical maps: Just wanted
to say I saw this site for the first time to-day and I think it's terrific
- a great initiative because of the clarity of the maps and the zoom
flexibility. I hope it will stimulate Clare studies - I know I'll
be encouraging students to look at it.
(Geography Department, UCD)
Date: 16th January 2006
I would like to thank you for the wonderful resources that are in the
Clare Library, and to the excellent texts that have been made available
through Clasp Press, which I have purchased and read with great interest,
especially those on the antiquities and folklore of Clare. Thanks to
the library, I have also been able to take back my family history research
in County Clare to the early 1800s...
Date: 3rd January 2006
Census of Clare: Thank you so much for putting this information
on the web.