We’ve a wide range of publications covering Co. Clare.
The Statistical Survey of County Clare (1808) records details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the Irish language and local customs. We also have the Co. Clare census reports (note, these do not include names) for the years 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 which can provide helpful background to your research.
Directories are a useful source, particularly for those researching gentlemen, merchants or traders. Basset’s directory of Limerick and Principal Towns in the Counties Clare, Tipperary and Kerry Directory covers 1880-1881. Ashe’s Limerick and Clare Directory gives you a snapshot of this area a decade later, in 1891-92, and Guy’s Directory of Munster covers 1893.
The country-wide directories provide you with great insight into Clare in the early nineteenth century: you can order the Munster section of Pigot’s Commercial Directory of Ireland (1824) or the Munster, Cork & Limerick Sections of Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland, 1846. Other directories include Henry & Coughlan’s General Directory of Cork & Munster, 1867 and the Munster, Cork and Limerick sections of Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland 1870, Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland 1881, Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland 1894.
The Agricultural Labourer: Ireland: Part 2 (1893) covers Ennistymon Poor Law Union as well as PLUs in other counties. It includes information on every aspect of labourer’s lives from their wages, diet and accommodation through to their condition, age and size of families, making it a fascinating source.
Brian J. Cantwell’s Memorials of the Dead: The Collected Works includes inscriptions compiled from gravestones in many West Clare parishes. Click here for a full list and to find out more about the publication.
Take a look at all Eneclann’s Co. Clare publications.