County Clare, Ireland Genealogy

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County Clare is located on the western coast of Ireland and is part of the province of Munster. The county name comes from the Irish word Clár, meaning a bridge of planks, and a bridge was used to cross the River Fergus at the town Clare (now Clarecastle town). The county covers 1231 square miles (3188 sq km). Its greatest length is 67 miles from Loop Head to the boundary near Lough Atorick on the northeast corner and the greatest breadth is 37 miles from Black Head to the shore west of Bunratty.

In the old Gaelic system, this county was part of the Kingdom of Thomond. This area was subject to raids by the Danish Vikings during the ninth to the eleventh centuries; which were eventually defeated by the O’Briens (a major family in Thomond). The Normans then invaded the area and the land was granted to Thomas de Clare, who never gained control of the area. The English established the county boundaries in the sixteenth century. Initially, Clare was part of Connaught and it became part of Munster in 1639. Following the defeat of the 1641 rebellion of the Catholic Confederacy, Clare was set aside to accommodate the "delinquent proprietors", i.e. those proprietors whose land was confiscated because they did not actively oppose the rebellion. Parts of the lands of the existing Clare landholders were confiscated to accommodate these landholders.

Clare is also known as the “banner county” after the custom of carrying banners to political meetings. Daniel O’Connell was welcomed by many banners at the Clare election in 1828 and the freeholders marched with banners to the Ennis courthous to cast their votes for O’Connell on that occasion.

The population was 208,089 in 1821 and grew to 286,394. It was greatly affected by the potato famine and its population decreased to 212,440 in 1851. The population continued to decrease until it was only 95,064 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 110,950. The predominant religion in the county is Roman Catholic. In 1871, 97.7% of the population were Roman Catholic followed by the Church of Ireland at 2% with 0.2% being Presbyterian. Overtime there has been a slight increase in the percentage of Roman Catholic to 98.8% in 1926. In 1926, the Church of Ireland decreased to 0.87% with 0.06% and 0.01% being Presbyterian and Methodist, respectively.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Clare is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Clare is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union
Abbey Burren Ballyvaghan
Bunratty Bunratty Lower Ennis
Carran Burren Ballyvaghan
Carran Burren Corrofin
Clareabbey Islands Ennis
Clondagad Islands Killadysert
Clonlea Tulla Lower Limerick
Clonlea Tulla Lower Tulla
Clonloghan Bunratty Lower Ennis
Clooney Bunratty Upper Ennis
Clooney Bunratty Upper Tulla
Clooney Corcomroe Corrofin
Clooney Corcomroe Ennistimon
Doora Bunratty Upper Ennis
Drumcliff Islands Ennis
Drumcreehy Burren Ballyvaghan
Drumline Bunratty Lower Ennis
Dysert Inchiquin Corrofin
Dysert Inchiquin Ennis
Feakle Tulla Lower Tulla
Feakle Tulla Upper Scarriff
Feakle Tulla Upper Tulla
Feenagh Bunratty Lower Ennis
Feenagh Bunratty Lower Tulla
Gleninagh Burren Ballyvaghan
Inagh Inchiquin Corrofin
Inagh Inchiquin Ennistimon
Inchicronan Bunratty Lower Tulla
Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Ennis
Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Gort
Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Tulla
Inishcaltra Tulla Upper Scarriff
Kilballyowen Moyarta Kilrush
Kilchreest Clonderalaw Killadysert
Kilchreest Clonderalaw Killdysert
Kilconry Bunratty Lower Ennis
Kilconry Burren Ballyvaghan
Kilfarboy Ibrickan Ennistimon
Kilfearagh Moyarta Kilrush
Kilfenora Corcomroe Corrofin
Kilfenora Corcomroe Ennistimon
Kilferagh Moyarta Kilrush
Kilfiddane Clonderalaw Killadysert
Kilfiddane Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Ennis
Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Limerick
Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Tulla
Kilfintinan Bunratty Lower Limerick
Kilkeedy Inchiquin Corrofin
Killadysert Clonderalaw Killadysert
Killaloe Tulla Lower Limerick
Killaloe Tulla Lower Scarriff
Killard Ibrickan Kilrush
Killaspuglonane Corcomroe Ennistimon
Killeany Burren Ballyvaghan
Killeely Bunratty Lower Limerick
Killilagh Corcomroe Ennistimon
Killimer Clonderalaw Kilrush
Killinaboy Inchiquin Corrofin
Killofin Clonderalaw Killadysert
Killokennedy Tulla Lower Limerick
Killonaghan Burren Ballyvaghan
Killone Islands Ennis
Killuran Tulla Lower Limerick
Killuran Tulla Lower Tulla
Kilmacduane Ibrickan Kilrush
Kilmacduane Moyarta Kilrush
Kilmacrehy Corcomroe Ennistimon
Kilmaleery Bunratty Lower Ennis
Kilmaley Islands Ennis
Kilmaley Islands Killadysert
Kilmanaheen Corcomroe Ennistimon
Kilmihil Clonderalaw Ennis
Kilmihil Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilmoon Burren Ballyvaghan
Kilmoon Burren Ennistimon
Kilmurry Bunratty Lower Tulla
Kilmurry Clonderalaw Killadysert
Kilmurry Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilmurry Ibrickan Ennistimon
Kilmurry Ibrickan Kilrush
Kilnamona Inchiquin Ennis
Kilnasoolagh Bunratty Lower Ennis
Kilnoe Tulla Upper Scarriff
Kilnoe Tulla Upper Tulla
Kilraghtis Bunratty Upper Ennis
Kilrush Moyarta Kilrush
Kilseily Tulla Lower Limerick
Kilshanny Corcomroe Ennistimon
Kiltenanlea Tulla Lower Limerick
Kiltoraght Corcomroe Corrofin
Kiltoraght Corcomroe Ennistimon
Moyarta Moyarta Kilrush
Moynoe Tulla Upper Scarriff
Noughaval Burren Ballyvaghan
Noughaval Burren Corrofin
O'Briensbridge Tulla Lower Limerick
O'Briensbridge Tulla Lower Scarriff
Ogonnelloe Tulla Lower Scarriff
Oughtmama Burren Ballyvaghan
Oughtmama Burren Gort
Quin Bunratty Upper Ennis
Quin Bunratty Upper Tulla
Rath Inchiquin Corrofin
Rath Inchiquin Ennistimon
Rathborney Burren Ballyvaghan
Ruan Inchiquin Corrofin
St. Munchin's Bunratty Lower Limerick
St. Patrick's Bunratty Lower Limerick
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Corrofin
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Ennis
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Enniscorthy
Tomfinlough Bunratty Lower Ennis
Tomgraney Tulla Upper Scarriff
Tulla Tulla Upper Tulla



De Breffny,Brian.  Magistrates of Co. Clare in 1792.  List of Magistrates of Co. Clare, is copied from the original Commission of the Peace of William Spaight of Corbally dated June, 1792. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.VII,no.1.1975, pages14-15. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.  Also Magistrates of Co. Clare in 1837.  List of Magistrates of Co. Clare, copied from original Commisssion of the Peace of Henry Speight of Corbally 1837.  Magistrates are listed in order of seniority. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. VII no. 2. 1975, pages 99-101. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8

Contributed by Scott, Gyritha. Magistrates of Co. Clare in 1819. List of magistrates of Co. Clare in 1819, copied from the original Commission of the Peace of William Scott of Knoppogue Castle. Article in The Irish Ancestor pages16-17, Family History Library Ref 941.5 B2i v7-8. 

Collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary, Some Game Licences of 1802. A list of name, places of abode who took out Certificiate of Game Licences issued in 1802, covers Counties Armagh, Clare, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol..VIII, no.1. 1976, pages 35-47. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8. Also Game Licenses in Co. Clare. 1803-1821, Notices was also given to those who hunted without a license and were caught, would be prosecuted. The Irish Ancestor, vol. XIV, no.2. 1982, pages 95-98, FHL Ref. 941.5 B2i Collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary. Businessmen of Ennis, Co. Clare, early in the Napoleonic Wars. Three lists of busnessmen listed in Clare Journal, 13 Fev. 1797. 17 Dec 1799 and 5 May 1803. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVI, no. 2, 1984, pages 6-8. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i


The Debtors of Daniel Croghan, Ennis, Co. Clare, 1735. This document is of great interest as it contains 174 names of persons resident in or near Ennis in 1735. Records for this area are rare.  The names of these individuals, are "small people" as hardly any of them have either a Prerogative or Killaloe will. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IV, no. 1. 1972, pages 43-44. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

Abstract of Wills. many contributors.  List of heirs of Benjamin Brady of Carhurley, Co. Clare dated 8 Jan. 1717. The Irish Ancestor, vol. VIII, no. 1, 1976, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8


Contributed by Mahony, Dr. S. C. and Ffolliott, Rosemary. Co. County Clare Voters in 1768. A list of 496 persons who voted in 1768, Parliamentary General Election. It gives Freeholders name, residence and value. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVIII, no. 1. 1986. pages 14-26, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

Contributed by Ffolliott.  Gentlemen of the Counties Clare and Limerick Who Were In Favour of the Union in 1799.  The Ennis Chronicle posted two lists of gentlemen in favour of the Union from Co. Clare, and Co. Limerick in Autumn 1799.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XIV no.1, 1982 page 30-35. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

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