• The last Traditional Storyteller in Clare dies
    The last Traditional Storyteller in Clare dies

    Francie Kennelly from Leeds, Miltown Malbay, was probably the last of Clare’s storytellers of the modern era. He died in February in his 104th year, possibly ending a connection to a great storytelling line that stretches back centuries in this county.  See our tribute to Francie and hear some of his storytelling on our Facebook page.

  • International Women's Day 2021
    International Women's Day 2021

    Here's to the women of Co. Clare whose stories have filled our archive and our ears and made us laugh and cry!

    See our Facebook tribute to them on International Women's Day 2021.


  • Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year!


    We are looking forward to a busy 2021 revamping the archive and dreaming up new ways of connecting with and passing on the stories given to us by Clare women and men over more than a decade. 



    If you know anyone who would like to be recorded by the group this year please fill out our 'nominate' form.


  • Better Together Award - Finalist
    Better Together Award - Finalist

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

  • May Eve Customs
    May Eve Customs

    May Eve Traditions

    Mle buochas to everyone at the Clare Champion for running a fantastic features on May Eve traditions taken from the Cuimhneamh an Chlir archive.  Hope you enjoyed it!  If you missed it click here for a copy.


'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.   


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Kindly supported by Clare Co. Council and Rethink Ireland


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

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We have documented the life stories, memories and folklore of hundreds of Clare's oldest citizens with people aged 65 to 106 


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

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We have partnered with the following organisations

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In the Media

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08 March 2021, Articles
01 January 2021, Articles
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
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National Development PlanLEADERThe European Agricultural Fund for Rural DevelopmentClare Local Development CompanyDepartment of the Environment Community and Local Government