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The Clare Champion

Index to Biographical Notices in the Clare Champion newspaper 1903-1934
by Clare Roots Society

The Clare Champion is a weekly newspaper published in County Clare. It was first published in March 1903, after its predecessor the Clare Man, was forced to close due to a libel case. The biographical notices indexed here cover births, engagements, marriages, death notices, obituaries, retirements, votes of sympathy and general news items relating to individuals. The date given is the date of the Clare Champion issue in which the notice appeared. Researchers are also advised to cross check the dates associated with this index with The Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser 1903-1917. The index was compiled and presented to Clare County Library by Clare Roots Society.

The notices are indexed alphabetically by surname.


See also Index to Biographical Notices in the Clare Champion newspaper 1935-1985

Transcribers’ Notes

Publication of the Clare Champion commenced at the end of March, 1903.
Date format with full month and year have been applied throughout.
Dual surnames have been recorded as found published in the Clare Champion so there is variation. A few triple surnames, where they appear, adhere to the agreed convention; namely the last element of the surname appears in the Surname column with the first two elements of the surname appearing in the Forename column.

The following publications of the Champion were absent:
1914: September (partial) – Notices from the Saturday Record were submitted in lieu. These entries are marked by ‘[in SR]’ in the Notice column.
1918: April-Sept.—Publication was suspended by British Government. An Editorial on this matter was published by Clare Champion on 28 September 1918.
A number of week / months while absent from the archives in the Local Studies Centre were consulted in the National Library of Ireland. Notices from missing publications were sourced through Lucille Ellis (Dublin) and added to the database for completeness.

The correct copying of information from microfiche can be is fraught with difficulties. It is inevitable that mistakes will occur. While every effort has been made to record the individual records as accurately as possible, Clare Roots Society wishes to apologise to any individual or family whose family records are recorded in error. Should any family or individual become aware of errors to these records, please contact

Background to the Project

In March 2015, Clare Roots Society sought volunteers to assist in the collection and recording of Biographical Notices published in the Clare Champion Newspaper for years 1903-1934. The purpose of the project was to create a searchable index to be made available on the Clare Library website for public access. A similar project was undertaken some years ago by Clare County Library for Clare Champion issues published for years 1935-1985. This index is available on-line here.

The editions of the newspaper were on microfilm spool, microfiche and hardcopy, located in the Local Studies Centre where the review and recording took place, with the cooperation and assistance of library staff Peter Beirne & Brian Doyle. Some copies of the Clare Champion had to be sourced in the National Library of Ireland for completeness.

Volunteers reviewed the newspapers for the following categories of biographical information: Birth, Marriage, Death, Engagement, Ordination, Profession of Vows, Obituary, Acknowledgements.

The Project was co-ordinator by Larry Parks with the work on the project undertaken by the following:
Lucille Ellis (Dub. 1934, 1910, 1907), Jennifer Morgan (1933), Declan Barron (1932), Angie Colton & Flan Lyons (1931), Larry Parks (1930, 1903), Ann Heraty (1929, 1915), Larry Brennan (1928), Caroline Brown (1927, 1908), Clara Hoyne (1926), Mary Hester (1925), Phil Molony (1924, 1909), Eileen O’Brien (1923), Olive Paradis (1922), Kathleen Ryan (1921), Frank Barry (1920), Ger Browne (1919), Jane Halloran Ryan (1918), Paula Carroll (1916), Senan Scanlan (Dub. 1914), Bernie O’Grady (1913), Frances O’Halloran (1912), Ann Marie Hayes (1911), Flan Lyons (1906), Mary Nagle (1905), Olive Ronan MacNamara & Anne Heraty (1904), Maureen Mescall (1917).

Clare Roots greatly values the work done by the transcribers which was undertaken with great enthusiasm.

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