The White Sisters By Tommy McGrath

  Two regular visitors to the holiday resort of Kilkee after WWII stayed for 3 months each summer and continued their visits up until the early 60s.  These ladies fascinated the locals and holidaymaker alike due to their dress and unusual behaviours.  They dressed in a ‘nun-like’ habit which was different to what the locals […]

Fooagh Races by Tommy McGrath

Foogagh Races By Tommy McGrath   This nostalgic visit to the once famous race course was made possible by the instant recall of Foogagh’s oldest resident, Timmy Carmody who gave me a detailed account of the races as told to him by his father and grandfather. “The Foogagh race meeting was one of the most […]

Sinn Fein Courts in West Clare

By Michael Nolan SINN FEIN COURTS IN  WEST CLARE – 1918/1925   The Proclamation of the Irish Republic issued by the 7 signatories in April 1916 made a Declaration.   “Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government,  representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected […]

Holy Wells around Loophead

by Tommy McGrath The accepted term for holy well in the Irish language is either ‘Tobar Beannaithe’, meaning holy well or ‘Tobar Naofa’, meaning saintly well. The surviving names of so many wells are a direct translation from Irish of pre-Christian era to present day English. Many of them are named after local saints for […]

Sea Serpent off KiIkee

An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. The “monster” was the […]

The Crook Memorial Church Kilkee

by Michael Nolan The leaflet/flyer announcing the programme of arrangements for the opening and dedicatory services of the Crook Memorial Church , West End, Kilkee  on Sunday 3oth June 1901 was a source of curiosity leading me to ask who was the person to whom the church was dedicated, what was his relevance to Kilkee, […]

Coastal Architectural Survey

Survey carried out by Clare Co Council in association with the Heritage Council. The Clare Coastal Architectural Heritage Survey is an almost comprehensive survey of structures of vernacular, engineering and architectural value, constructed over the past three centuries.

Life of Eugene O’Curry

Eugene O’Curry was born in Doonaha in Co. Clare, on the bank of the Shannon some miles east of Loop Head, in November, 1794 . He had little formal education, but at an early age took an interest in Irish manuscripts.

A Flying visit to Bishop’s Island, Co. Clare

There can only be a handful of lrish church sites that have not been visited and described, however briefly, over the past 150 years. Until recently, Bishop’s Island belonged to this dwindling group.

Guarding Loophead

Around the coast of Ireland, in prominent positions, there are the remains of concrete look-out posts. When were they built? Why were they built? Who worked there? This paper attempts to answer these questions.