Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre, Corofin, County Clare Ireland


Welcome To

The Professional
Genealogical Research Service

for County Clare


County Clare, situated on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster suffered greatly from emigration over the last two hundred years. Between the years 1850 and 1880 an estimated 112,000 people emigrated from Co. Clare. By comparison the present population stands at just under 90,000.

Emigration has created a Clare Diaspora which has resulted in millions of people world-wide who can trace their ancestry to County Clare. From the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa and Argentina, many thousands of people seek a greater understanding of the lives of their ancestors, and an awareness of their own personal heritage.

Common Clare Surnames

The more common surnames in County Clare include McMahon, McNamara, O'Brien, Moloney, Ryan, Kelly, Mclnerney, O'Connor, Keane, O'Halloran, Hogan, Burke, Murphy, Lynch and Walsh.

Common Clare Place-Names

Some of the place names in County Clare include Ennis, Kilrush, Kilkee, Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Ballyvaughan, Corofin, Sixmilebridge, Newmarket-On-Fergus, Killaloe, Tulla, Scariff, Feakle, Quin, Kilfenora, Lisdoonvarna, Liscannor, Broadford, Kildysart, Mullagh and Quilty.

Famous People with Clare Connections

  • Brian Boru - High King of Ireland
  • Former President of Ireland, Patrick Hillary.
  • U.S. Senator, Chris Dodd.
  • Frederick William Burton, former director of British National Gallery.
  • John Holland, inventor of the modern submarine.
  • Michael Cusack, the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association.
  • Paddy Hannon, who discovered the Golden Mile in Australia.
  • The "Liberator", Daniel O'Connell.
  • Eamon De Valera, former President of Ireland.
  • Archbishop Clancy of Melbourne.
  • Durack Family, Australia

Visitor Attractions

County Clare has many attractions to interest visitors.

The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, the historic town of Ennis, Dysart O'Dea Archaeological Centre, Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, Ailwee Caves in Ballyvaughan, as well as the Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, are just some of the interesting places to visit.

County Clare as a whole is famous for the high quality of it's scenery, it's traditional music and the friendliness of it's people.

Where are we?









Example of a Family History Report

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What People Say - comments from some of the
many people who have used the services of the
Clare Heritage & Genealogical Research Centre


    Genealogical Centre
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    County Clare


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    Fax: + 353 (0) 65 6837540

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