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.

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

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Abbey Burren Ballyvaghan Carron  Kilfenora
Bunratty Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Carran (Carron) Burren Ballyvaghan Carron Kilfenora
Carran Burren Corrofin
Clareabbey Islands Ennis Clareabbey (Killone) Killaloe
Clondagad Islands Killadysert Clondegad (Ballynacally, Kilchrist)  Killaloe
Clonlea Tulla Lower Limerick O'Callaghan's Mills (Kilkishen) Killaloe
Clonlea Tulla Lower Tulla
Clonloghan Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Clooney Bunratty Upper Ennis Quin (Clooney) Killaloe
Clooney Bunratty Upper Tulla
Clooney Corcomroe Corrofin Ennistymon (Kilmanaheen) Kilfenora
Clooney Corcomroe Ennistimon
Doora Bunratty Upper Ennis Doora Killaloe
Drumcliff Islands Ennis Ennis Killaloe
Drumcreehy Burren Ballyvaghan Glanaragh Kilfenora
Drumline Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Dysert Inchiquin Corrofin Dysert and Ruan Killaloe
Dysert Inchiquin Ennis
Feakle Tulla Lower Tulla Feakle Lower and Killanena (Caher Feakle) Killaloe

Feakle Tulla Upper Scarriff
Feakle Tulla Upper Tulla
Feenagh Bunratty Lower Ennis Six-Mile-Bridge Killaloe
Feenagh Bunratty Lower Tulla
Gleninagh Burren Ballyvaghan Glanaragh Kilfenora
Inagh Inchiquin Corrofin Inagh Killaloe
Inagh Inchiquin Ennistimon
Inchicronan Bunratty Lower Tulla
Crusheen (Inchicronan)


Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Ennis
Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Gort
Inchicronan Bunratty Upper Tulla
Inishcaltra Tulla Upper Scarriff Clonrush Killaloe
Kilballyowen Moyarta Kilrush Cross or Kilballyowen (Carrigaholt) Killaloe
Kilchreest Clonderalaw Killadysert Clondegad (Kilchrist) Killaloe
Kilchreest Clonderalaw Killdysert
Kilconry Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Kilconry Burren Ballyvaghan
Kilfarboy Ibrickan Ennistimon Milltown Malbay (Kilfarboy) Killaloe
Kilfearagh Moyarta Kilrush Kilkee Killaloe
Kilferagh Moyarta Kilrush
Kilfenora Corcomroe Corrofin Kilfenora Killaloe
Kilfenora Corcomroe Ennistimon
Kilfiddane Clonderalaw Killadysert Kilfiddane (Coolmeen) Killaloe
Kilfiddane Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Ennis Six-Mile-Bridge

Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Limerick
Kilfinaghta Bunratty Lower Tulla
Kilfintinan Bunratty Lower Limerick Cratloe Killaloe
Kilkeedy Inchiquin Corrofin Kilkeedy (Kilkeady) Killaloe
Killadysert Clonderalaw Killadysert Kildysert Killaloe
Killaloe Tulla Lower Limerick Killaloe Killaloe
Killaloe Tulla Lower Scarriff
Killard Ibrickan Kilrush Kilkee (Kilfearagh) Killaloe
Killaspuglonane Corcomroe Ennistimon Liscannor Kilfenora
Killeany Burren Ballyvaghan Killeany, Killymoon, and Killileagh (Lisdoonvarna) Kilfenora
Killeely Bunratty Lower Limerick Parteen and Meelick (see also Killeely Co. Limerick) Killaloe
Killilagh Corcomroe Ennistimon Killeany, Killymoon, and Killileagh (Lisdoonvarna) Kilfenora
Killimer Clonderalaw Kilrush Killimer (Knockera) Killaloe
Killinaboy Inchiquin Corrofin Corofin  Killaloe
Killofin Clonderalaw Killadysert Killaloe
Killokennedy Tulla Lower Limerick Killaloe
Killonaghan Burren Ballyvaghan Kilfenora
Killone Islands Ennis Killone, see Clareabbey for earlier records Killaloe
Killuran Tulla Lower Limerick O'Callaghan's Mills (also called Kilkishen) Killaloe
Killuran Tulla Lower Tulla
Kilmacduane Ibrickan Kilrush Kilmacduane (Cooraclare) Killaloe
Kilmacduane Moyarta Kilrush
Kilmacrehy Corcomroe Ennistimon Liscannor Kilfenora
Kilmaleery Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Kilmaley Islands Ennis Inch and Kilmaley Killaloe
Kilmaley Islands Killadysert
Kilmanaheen Corcomroe Ennistimon Ennistymon (Kilmanaheen) Kilfenora
Kilmihil Clonderalaw Ennis Kilmihil Killaloe
Kilmihil Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilmoon Burren Ballyvaghan Kilfenora
Kilmoon Burren Ennistimon
Kilmurry Bunratty Lower Tulla
Kilmurry Clonderalaw Killadysert
Kilmurry Clonderalaw Kilrush
Kilmurry Ibrickan Ennistimon
Kilmurry Ibrickan Kilrush
Kilnamona Inchiquin Ennis Inagh Killaloe
Kilnasoolagh Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Kilnoe Tulla Upper Scarriff Kilnoe and Tuamgraney (Bodyke) Killaloe
Kilnoe Tulla Upper Tulla
Kilraghtis Bunratty Upper Ennis Doora Killaloe
Kilrush Moyarta Kilrush Kilrush Killaloe
Kilseily Tulla Lower Limerick Broadford Killaloe
Kilshanny Corcomroe Ennistimon Kilshanny Kilfenora
Kiltenanlea Tulla Lower Limerick Doonass and Trugh Killaloe
Kiltoraght Corcomroe Corrofin Kilfenora Kilfenora
Kiltoraght Corcomroe Ennistimon
Moyarta Moyarta Kilrush Carrigaholt (Moyarta) Killaloe
Moynoe Tulla Upper Scarriff Scariff and Moynoe Killaloe
Noughaval Burren Ballyvaghan Carron Kilfenora
Noughaval Burren Corrofin
O'Briensbridge Tulla Lower Limerick Doonass and Trugh Killaloe
O'Briensbridge Tulla Lower Scarriff
Ogonnelloe Tulla Lower Scarriff Ogonnelloe Killaloe
Oughtmama Burren Ballyvaghan Carron Kilfenora
Oughtmama Burren Gort
Quin Bunratty Upper Ennis Quin (Clooney) Killaloe
Quin Bunratty Upper Tulla
Rath Inchiquin Corrofin Corofin Killaloe
Rath Inchiquin Ennistimon
Rathborney Burren Ballyvaghan Kilfenora
Ruan Inchiquin Corrofin Dysert and Ruan Killaloe
St. Munchin's Bunratty Lower Limerick Killaloe
St. Patrick's Bunratty Lower Limerick Killaloe
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Corrofin Dorra Killaloe
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Ennis
Templemaley Bunratty Upper Enniscorthy
Tomfinlough Bunratty Lower Ennis Newmarket (on-Fergus) Killaloe
Tomgraney Tulla Upper Scarriff Tuamgraney (Bodyke), Kilnoe Killaloe
Tulla Tulla Upper Tulla Tulla Killaloe



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

Web Sites

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA:, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r