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Please NOTE! Additional materials for this county will be found in the Irish Resources page, which has documents and publications covering all of Ireland.

In remote antiquity Ptolemy mentions the Gangani as residents in what is now county Clare. They were called Siol Gangain in Irish, and Camden described them as the descendants of the Concani of Spain. Later the county was included in a region designated as Thomond, or Tuath Mumhan, meaning northern Munster. The area was subdivided into six sub-districts: Hy Lochlean or Burren, where the O'Loughlin clan ruled; Corcumruadh or Corcomroe, home to one of the O'Connor clans; Ibh Caisin or Ibricane, of the O'Brien clan; Hy Garman (later called Moyarta), where another branch of the O'Briens ruled; Clan Cuilean (later Clonderlaw), lands of the McNamara clan; and Dal Gaes or Dal gCais, home to various Dalcassian clans under the O'Briens. Minor clans or septs included O'Daly, McNestor, O'Davoren, O'Melody, O'Hanrahan, O'Honeen, O'Tyne, McLysaght, O'Boland, McCarrigy, McEnchroe, O'Hehir, O'Quinn, O'Naughten, O'Dea, McBrody, McCurtin, McClancy, McGorman, O'Mulvey, McConsidine, O'Kerr, McKeane, O'Linchy, O'Quilligan, McGilleragh, O'Carmody, O'Neilan, McClune, McDonnell, O'Griffey, O'Molony, O'Hickey, O'Slattery, O'Curry, O'Meehan, O'Liddy, O'Grady, O'Minogue, O'Halloran, O'Clohessy, O'Kennedy, O'Reddin, O'Nihil, McGrath, McSheedy, O'Regan and O'Aherne.

25 Most Common Names in Clare: McMahon McNamara O'Brien Kelly Moloney Lynch Ryan Hogan Halloran McInerney Molony Murphy O'Loughlin Keane Walsh Burke Considine Griffin FitzGerald O'Dea Sullivan Kane Collins Hayes Daly.

Clare Publications

{Some of the following publications are available on microfiche only - if you do not have a fiche reader, contact your local library, they probably have one you may use (often with print capabilities as well). Click here for further information on placing an order.}

GENEALOGICAL GUIDE TO COUNTY CLARE IRELAND, Morris 1993, ePublication. Gives the history and genealogical resources for each parish in the county.

HISTORY OF CLARE AND THE DALCASSIAN CLANS ..., White 1893, 3 fiche. Basic county history for Clare.

INDEXES TO IRISH WILLS (5 Volumes), Phillimore and Thrift 1909/1920
Volume III (Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford) 2 fiche.


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