Further reading

Books on a library shelf

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Clare County Library, Clare County Archives and the Clare Heritage online archive can be used to further explore the history and culture of County Clare.

For further reading and research on the objects of Clare Museum’s exhibitions, please see the below list. These materials can all be accessed in the Clare Local Studies Centre, Ennis.

The reading materials on the list are grouped according to some of the main sections of the Museum’s long-term exhibition: Earth, Power, Faith, and Water.


Poulabrone Portal Tomb

Jones, C, 2004, The Burren and the Aran Islands, exploring the archaeology, Cork, Collins, 30-33.

Lynch, A, 2014, Poulabrone, and early Neolithic Portal Tomb in Ireland, Dublin, Dublin stationary office.

Lynch, A and O Donnabhain B, 1994, Poulabrone Portal Tomb, The Other Clare, 18, 5-8.

Meehan, C, 2002, The Traveller’s guide to sacred Ireland, Glastonbury, Gothic Image, 448-449.

O’Connell, J W and Korff, A, 2001, The book of the Burren, Newtown Lynch, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Tir Eolas, 61-64.

Parknabinna Court Tomb

Jones, C, 2004, The Burren and the Aran Islands, exploring the archaeology, Wilton, Cork Carleton Jones, 46-51.

Meehan, C, 2002, The Traveller’s guide to sacred Ireland, Glastonbury, Gothic image, 451-452.

Roughan Hill

Herity, M, (Ed), 1996, Recent discoveries on Roughan Hill, Clare, Royal antiquaries of Ireland, 126, 86-108.

Jones, C, 2004, The Burren and the Aran Islands, exploring the archaeology, Wilton, Cork, Carleton Jones, 46-51.

Flax Growing and Processing

Bell, M and Watson, J, 2008, A history of Irish farming, 1750-1950, Dublin, Four Courts, 167-179.

Feehan, J, 2003, Farming in Ireland, history, heritage and environment, Dublin, UCD, Faculty of Agriculture, 163-167.

Gill, C, 1964, The rise of the linen industry, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 37-38, 97, 223-225, 290.

Poulawack Burial Cairn

Jones, C, 2004, The Burren and the Aran Islands, Exploring the archaeology, Wilton, Cork, Carleton Jones, 33-40.

Meehan C, 2002, The Traveller’s guide to sacred Ireland, Glastonbury, Gothic Image, 447-448.

O’Connell, J W, and Korff, A, 2001 The book of the Burren, Newtown Lynch, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Tir Eolas, 64-68.


Quin, P, 2005, Taking stock, looking back-going forward, Clare IFA, 1995-2005, Clare, Clare IFA, 140-144.

Sharkey, O, 1985, Old days, Old ways, an illustrated folk history of Ireland, Dublin, O’Brien, 76-79.

Butter Making

Sharkey, O, 1985, Old days, old ways, an illustrated folk history of Ireland, Dublin, O’Brien, 79-82.

Watson, M and Bell, J, 2008, A history of Irish farming, 1750-1950, Dublin, Four Courts.

Turf Cutting

Colbourne, T, 1811, Map of bogs of Clare.

Rural Life in Clare

Feehan, J, 2003, Farming in Ireland, history, heritage, and Environment, Dublin, UCD Faculty of agriculture.

Lillis, K, 1991, Stories in Rural Ireland from the twenties to the present Day”, Kilmihil, Co. Clare, Kieran Lillis.

Sharkey, O, 1985, Old days, old ways, an illustrated folk history of Ireland, Dublin, O Brien.

Watson, M and Bell, J, 2008, A history of Irish farming, Dublin, Four Courts, 15-33, 33-57.


East Clare By-election

Fitzpatrick, D, 1977, Politics and Irish life 1913-1921, Provincial experience of war and Revolution, Gill and MacMillan, 146- 160.

Sheedy, K, 1993, The Clare elections, Dun Laoghaire, Bauroe Publications, 328-329.

Earls of Thomand/O’Briens

O’Brien, I, 1986, O’Briens of Thomand, The O Briens in Irish history,1550-1865, Chichester, England, P, I, D, O Brien.

O’Brien, G, 1991, These are my friends and forebearers ,White Gate, Balllynakella Press.

Land War/Evictions in Clare

Becker, H, B, 1881, Disturbed Ireland, London, MacMillan.

Henry, H, 1987, Bodyke, A chapter on Irish landlordism, London, Unwin.

Kelly, S, J, 1987, The Bodyke evictions, Scariff, Clare, Rossabeg.

Mulqueen, J, N, 1988, The Vandeleur Evictions in Kilrush, 1888, The plan of campaign, Kilrush,Co. Clare, Noel Mulqueen.

Agrarian Agitation

Donnelly, JR, J, 1994, The Terry Alt Movement, 1829-1831, History Ireland, 30-35.

Lee, D and Kelly, B (Eds.), 1996, Murder, Massacre and Mayhem, Agrarian Societies in the early 1930s, Georgian Limerick, 78-92.

Power, J, 1985, The Terry Alts and Lady Clare, The Other Clare, 10, 15-18.

McConmara, T, 2002, Riches of Clare, The Clare Champion, 15 November, (2), 23.

McMahon, M, Agrarian Conflict 1815-1831, 1994, The Other Clare, 18, 49-57.

McMahon, M, 2002, Ribbonism in County Clare 1815-1831, Dissertation, (MA), University of Limerick.

The Earls of Thomand/Anglo Normans in Clare

Dolley, M, 1972, Anglo Norman Ireland, Dublin, Gill and MacMillan.

Gibson, B, D, 2012, From Chiefdom to state in early Ireland, Cambridge University Press.

Orpen, H, G, 1920, Ireland under the Normans, Ely House, London, Oxford University Press, 4.

Cromwellian Clare

Simington, RC, 1970, The transplation to Connaught, 1654-58, Shannon, Irish University Press for The Irish Manuscript Commission, 1-48.

O’Dalaigh, B, ed., 1998, The stranger’s gaze, Travels in Count Clare, 1534-1950, Ennis, Clasp Press, 27-40.

Excavations at Cahercommaun

O’Neill, Henken, H, 1938, Cahercommaun; A stone Fort in County Clare, Dublin, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

Mooghaun Hillfort

Grogan, E, 1992, Excavations at Mooghaun, South County Clare, Discovery Programme Reports, 1, 39-43.

Grogan, E, O Carroll, T, F and O’Sullivan A, 1995, Excavations, Mooghaun, South Clare, Discovery Programme, 2, 45-62,

Grogan, E, 1996, Excavations at Mooghaun South 1994, Discovery programme reports, 4, 26-73.

Grogan, E, 1999, Excavations at Mooghaun South, 1995, Discovery programme reports, 5, 125-131.

Grogan, E, 1999, Mooghaun, Clare, The discovery programme LTD.

Gleninsheen Gorget

O’Connell, J W (Ed), 2008, The Book of the Burren, Kinvarra, DBA Publications, 69-70.

Dysert O Dea, 12th Century high crosses

O’, Cronin, UA, R, 1992, O Dea, Ua deaghaidh, The story of A Rebel Clan”, Ballinakella, White Gate, Co. Clare, 118-119.

Kilfenora, High Crosses, 12th Century

Flanagan, J, 1992, Kilfenora, a History, Ennistymon, John Flanagan, 65-83.

Gillespie, R, Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth (Ed.), 2005, The parish in Medieval Ireland, Community,

Territory and building, Dublin, Four Courts, 156-167.

Meehan, C, 2002, The traveller’s guide to sacred Ireland, Glastonbury, Gothic Image, 433-444.

War of Independence

Anonymous, 2011, The Meelick Ambush Commemorative Committee Booklet, Clare, Meelick Ambush Commemorative Committee.

Doherty,G, 2010 With the IRA in the fight for freedom, 1919, to the truce, Cork, Mercier Press.

O’Ruairc, Padraic Óg, 2009, Blood on the Banner, The Republican struggle in Clare, Cork, Mercier.

Boolybrien Hoard

Ed. By Dillon, D, (Ed), 2004, The hoards of the Irish Later Bronze Age, Kilmaley, Co. Clare, Kilmaley Parish Magazine, 6-8.


Iniscealtra/Holy Island

McNamara, T, V, P, P (Year unknown), Guide to the Holy Island, (publisher unknown)

Department of Antiquities, Ulster Museum, 1972, Excavations 1972, Summary Accounts of Archaeological Work in Ireland, Ulster Museum, 30-31.

Department of Arts, Heritage, The Gealtacht and the Islands, 1997, Inis Cealtra, report on archaeological and Other investigatons of the monuments on the Island, Ireland, National Museum of Ireland.

Cistercian Abbey, Corcomore, 13th century Meehan, C, 2002, The Traveller’s guide to sacred Ireland, Glastonbury, Gothic Image, 445-456.

Rattigan, J, 2006, Archaeological finds from the barony of Corcomore, The Other Clare, 30, 68-75.

Jones, C, 2004, The Burren and The Aran Islands, exploring the Archaeology, Cork, Collins, 122-128.

The Clare Man, 1985, Corcomore, The Clare champion, 20 September, 15.

Temperance Movement of 19th Century Clare

Cologan, U, H, Rev and Cruise, R, F, 1905, The Catholic Temperance Reader, London, London Catholic Truth Society.

Harrison, B, 1971, Drink and the Victorians, The Temperance question in England, 1815-1872, London, Faber, 157, 163, 181, 61, 45, 40, 221, 390, 43, 165, 180, 167, 192, 316, 334, 387, 388, 391, 221.

Murdoch, H, 2014, Remembering Killaloe, a memoir”, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 158-166.

Murphy, I, 1985, Ennis Temperance Society 1835-1839, North Munster Antiquarian journal, 1, 88-91.

Murphy, I, 1988, A west Clare Temperance movement, Dal gCais, 9, 39-40.

Murphy, I, 1992, The Dicocese of Killaloe 1850-1904, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 213, 259, 261-267,349.

Reidy, C, 2014, Criminal Drunkards, The inebriate Reformatory system 1890-1920, Stroud, The History Press, 43-70, 115-165.

Townsend, A, P, 2002, Father Mathew and Irish Identity, Portland, Irish Academic Press.

Wheatley, M, 2005, Nationalism and the Irish party 1910- 1916, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 68-70.

Reformation in Clare

Dwyer, Rev, Canon, 1878, The diocese of Killaloe from the Reformation to the close of the 18th Century, Dublin, Hodges, Foster and Figgis.

O’Dailaigh, B, 2007, Religious persecution in the 17th Century; The Friars at Kilsheedy, The other Clare,31, 61-63.

Ballylean, Kildysert

Garry, Daniel, John, 1997 Kildysert and its’ environs, some Brief sketches on people, places and events, Vancouver, Dangarry Publications, 14.

Normyle, M, 1997, Kildysert, a proud heritage, Kildysert, Co. Clare, Kildysert re union committee, 119-124.

Tuamgraney Monastery

Gorman, O, M, 2003, Townlands and folklore of the Medieval Parishes of East Clare, Scariff, Co. Clare.

Madden, G, 2006, A history of Tuamgraney and Scariff since Earliest times, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, East Clare Heritage.

O’Croinin, D, 2005, A new history of Ireland, Prehistoric and Early Ireland, 1, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 728, 729, 871, 875, 586.



Connors, P, 2012, North Munster Prehistory links with the Continent, The Other Clare, 36, 54.

Connors, P, 1999, Embankments, habitation, Peat Layer and Sea Level, The Other Clare, 23, 22-23.

O’Sullivan, A and Condit, T, 1995, Late Bronze Age Settlement and economy by the Marshlands of the Upper Fergus estuary, The Other Clare, 19, 5-9.


O’Kelly, J, M, 1989, Early Ireland, an introduction to Irish Prehistory, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 300-308.

McInerney, T, 1993, Knocklalappa, Crannog, Kilmurry, Sixmilebridge Parish Magazine, 28.

Ireland, Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaelteacht and the Islands, 2002, Survey of the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland, 1, Dublin, stationary Office,1961.

Emigration in 19th Century Clare

O’Murchadha, 2003, The bad times in Clare; Emigration and aftermath, The Other Clare, 27, 51-61.

Enright, P, F, 1984, Pre famine reform and emigration on The Wyndham Estate, The Other
Clare, 8, 33-39.

Norton, Desmond, 2002, Progress and distress on The Stratford Estate in Clare during the 1840s, The Other Clare, 26, 53-57.

Cleirigh, N, O, 1983, County Clare people in New South Wales, The Other Clare, 7, 5-6.

Murphy, I, 1996, A people starved, life and death in West Clare 1845-1851, Blackrock, Irish Academic Press, 81-88.

Hassett, J, 2002, famine and emigration, in Chambers, M, ED. Cooraclare and Cree, Parish of Kilduane, Clare, Clare, (2), 77-81.

The sinking of the Edmund at Kilkee, 1850.

Nolan, P, 2014, The Edmund uncovered, The Other Clare, 38, 50-62.

Marrinan, S, 1979, The wreck of the,’ Edmund ’ at Kilkee, The other Clare, 3, 33-35.

Saunders, E, 2003, Wreck of a Coffin Ship, The Clare Champion, 6 June, (2), 16.