Clare Castle / Ballyea – The Parish Remembers.
In conjunction with Clare Roots Society, Eric Shaw documented all the readable gravestone inscriptions in Clare Abbey, Clare Hill, Killoo, Killone, and Ballyea & Clare Castle Churches. These amount to about 2,000 records, some dating from the late 1600s. The book helps to preserve the inscriptions and to make them available for family history research. It also helps to draw visitors and fits in with development plans to promote the attractions of the Parish.
The Parish is fortunate to have such venerable burials grounds. These grounds are well maintained by the State and local groups and are a source of interest to historians and visitors alike. They are the hidden history of the Parish and Eric tells the stories behind some of the gravestones.
The book also contains chapters on Cillins, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Edenvale, records of men from the Parish who died in the Great War, brief histories of Clare Abbey, Killone, Old Clare Hill and Killoo, maps of the older burial grounds and the cholera outbreaks of 1832 and 1849. It also has a very attractive pictorial history of the Churches documenting the changes over the years. Some of the older photographs were generously donated by Parishioners. These will evoke memories for older parishioners and give a sense of place to newer members of the community. It emphasises the importance of old photographs and may prompt more people to come forward with images that can be preserved as part of the history of the Parish.
The book in a large A4 format of 130 pages and was published in a limited edition. It was launched as part of a drive to preserve all the historic records of the Parish such as Baptism and Marriage Registers dating back to the 1830s, School Rolls from the 1860s etc.
The book can be viewed by clicking on the link below.