Talking Landscapes – Oral History Walks with Cuimhneamh an Chláir

Cuimhneamh an Chláir has been gathering and archiving the stories of Co. Clare for the last 15 years. Those stories are strongly linked to place and landscape and to our sense of identity as Clare people.

In 2024 Cuimhneamh an Chláir invites you to walk through those landscapes and stories in the company of local people who will act as your guides. They will introduce you to others along the way who will tell you stories of their own place.

The first Talking Landscapes walk on Sunday 28 January will take us around the beautiful and storied area of Moher in North Clare. You all know the Cliffs, but move south beyond Hags Head and you’re into an area surrounded by sea on three sides, and with a very particular identity. The area is steeped in folklore and history, and our guide through it is Moher native Martina McCarthy. Martina is a Heritage Officer with Waterways Ireland and grew up looking out at the ocean at the spot where the Irish Atlantis, the submerged land of “Cill Stiffeen” is reputedly located.

Walks will take place bi-monthly throughout the year, mostly in rural locations, but Clare towns will feature too. The walks are free but must be booked in advance. After booking you’ll be sent details of starting location, as well as Health and Safety information particular to the walks.