'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.   


 clare-county-council-partner-logo Kindly Grant Aided by Clare County Council 



 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 150 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  



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