• Éist Suas
    Éist Suas

    Cuimhneamh an Chláir has teamed up with the award winning Suas Cafe to host Éist Suas! - an audio visual presentation on the memories of Ennis from the Cuimhneamh An Chláir archives.  This is a free event, but space and seating is limited.  Proudly supported by Clare County Council.

  • Free Oral History Lecture
    Free Oral History Lecture

    Cuimhneamh an  Chláir will host a free public lecture on January 29th at 7:30pm in the Rowan Tree Restaurant (Ennis). It will be by the accomplished writer, film maker and oral historian Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin whose work includes the TG4 series Bibeanna Mheiriceá. All welcome, spaces limited.

  • Happy Christmas
    Happy Christmas

    Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir ó Cuimhneamh an Chláir.  Happy Christmas from Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group.  Don't forget to let us know about individuals to record - Christmas is a great time to go on cuaird! 

    Check out our thank you message which will be aired on Clare FM over the Christmas and New Year.  A big thank you to Paula Carroll for doing the honours!

  • Better Together Award - Finalist
    Better Together Award - Finalist

    Thanks to everyone for all their support - Cuimhneamh an Chláir have been shortlisted for the 2013 Better Together Video Award after coming in the Top 10 most voted-for entries!

  • Sucess at Scariff Harbour Festival
    Sucess at Scariff Harbour Festival

    Huge success at Cuimhneamh event 

    Tomás MacConmara, oral historian and co-ordinator of Cuimhneamh, pesented an illustrated talk on the oral history gathered by the group in the Scariff area.  A large crowd of Festival goers attended the lecture, which was also addressed by Cuimhneamh's Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Pat Hayes.


HOMEPAGE 'When an old man dies, a library burns'





Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories of Clare) was formed by a group of volunteers in February 2009. We are an independent and voluntary group that digitally record, archive and share the memories, folklore, traditions and oral history of county Clare, through interviews with the county's oldest citizens.   We have trained and mobilised 50 volunteers referred to as Cuairteoirí, from across County Clare to help in this process.   We are proud to have now conducted hundreds of interviews all accross our county with the wonderful older people of Clare.   




Kindly Grant Aided by Clare County Council for the generation of a publicly accessible oral history archive

for County Clare (2015 & 2016) 


Our work has been been awarded/nominated for the following awards:


pride_of_place_2012     silver_surfer     B_to_A     better_together     volunteer_ireland



We have documented the life stories, memories and folklore of hundreds of Clare's oldest citizens with people aged 65 – 106 (fourteen over the age of 100). In total, over 110 of those recorded have since passed away.


The latter reminds us of the reality that once lost the memories of our elders can never be retrieved. We have been fortunate to obtain support from the Clare Local Development Company towards capital, research and animation.  Gealaimid go ndéaneoimíd ár ndhicheall ar son muintir an Chláir chun oidhreacht chultúra an chontae a chaomhnú agus a chur chun cinn.





We have been awarded grants in recognition of our work from:

CLDC age_friendly_county_programme atlantic_philantrophies ebs

 CFI  heritage_council allianz


We have partnered with the following organisations


 clareed  age_action   National_Heritage_Week  Clare_Volunteer_Centre   StFrancisCULogo OHNI  Clare_FMIrishFestLogo Seol_Sionna 1-Active_Aging 




In the Media

left direction
29 August 2012, Articles
24 August 2012, Articles
16 August 2012, Articles
RTE Radio 1 Feature
27 June 2011, Audio
Nuacht TG4
06 May 2011, Video
RTE Nationwide
05 May 2011, Video
Paddy Gleeson Feature
15 November 2010, Audio
Local Press Coverage
15 December 2009, Articles
The Clare People 1/12/09
01 December 2009, Articles
right direction

National Development PlanLEADERThe European Agricultural Fund for Rural DevelopmentClare Local Development CompanyDepartment of the Environment Community and Local Government