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Clarecastle & Ballyea: History, Heritage & Wildlife news

Clare Castle and Barracks Complex

On Wednesday 13 May 2015, Dr Joe Power gave a talk on the history of Clare Castle and Barracks Complex to the Shannon Archaeological & Historical Society. Mr. Gerry Halpin kindly invited those present at the talk to view the restoration work of the Barracks that he has been undertaking in recent years.The photographs HERE will testify to  the wonderful work that is ongoing and demonstrate the importance of these buildings in the heritage and history of Clarecastle.


WANTED – Memorabilia of the Great War 1914-18

Clarecastle & Ballyea Heritage & Wildlife Team are planning a World War One exhibition later this year, to be followed in 2016 by a similar exhibition on the 1916 Rising. We  are seeking images of medals, photographs of people, diaries, letters, uniforms and any other artefacts from both historical events. We would also like to record any local stories connected to either event.


If you can help please contact any member of the Heritage and Wildlife team who will make arrangements to photograph, scan or record the item, which is then returned to you. We are also available at the monthly Clarecastle Village Market. People who have left the Parish could forward images by email to ccdevheritage@gmail.com.

This is a unique opportunity to preserve your photographs etc. and to share their story with the wider community.



The Team has also a Wish List of photographs for the Parish Archives:

  • the Fair of Clare
  • St. John’s Well gatherings
  • The pump and surrounding wall outside Clarecastle Church
  • Early regattas and boats at Clarecastle Quay.
  • Arrivals & departures from Clarecastle railway station.
  • 1932 Eucharistic Congress in the Parish



Clarecastle Heritage and Wildlife Team is a sub-committee of Clarecastle Community Development

Christy Leyden, Eric Shaw, Dr Joe Power, Dr Catherine O’Connor, Gerry Breen, Michael Sheedy, Eddie Connors, Frank Barry, John Power, Fr. Harry Brady, Joan McCarthy, Clara Hoyne and Jean Ryan