Cuimhneamh an Chláir will host a free public lecture on January 29th at 7:30pm in the Rowan Tree Restaurant (Ennis). It will be by the accomplished writer, film maker and oral historian Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin whose work includes the TG4 series Bibeanna Mheiriceá. All welcome, spaces limited.
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir ó Cuimhneamh an Chláir. Happy Christmas from Cuimhneamh an Chláir, the Clare Oral History and Folklore Group. Don't forget to let us know about individuals to record - Christmas is a great time to go on cuaird!
Check out our thank you message which will be aired on Clare FM over the Christmas and New Year. A big thank you to Paula Carroll for doing the honours!
Huge success at Cuimhneamh event
Tomás MacConmara, oral historian and co-ordinator of Cuimhneamh, pesented an illustrated talk on the oral history gathered by the group in the Scariff area. A large crowd of Festival goers attended the lecture, which was also addressed by Cuimhneamh's Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Pat Hayes.
We are partnering with a fantastic project in Kilkee who are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Senan Kilkee & St. Flannan's Church Lisdeen. Anyone who feels they may have memories to offer can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing Jackie Elger on 087 1760280.
Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories of Clare) was formed by a group of volunteers in February 2009. We are an independent and voluntary group that digitally record, archive and share the memories, folklore, traditions and oral history of county Clare, through interviews with the county's oldest citizens. We have trained and mobilised 50 volunteers referred to as Cuairteoirí, from across County Clare to help in this process. We are proud to have now conducted over 600 interviews all accross our county with the wonderful older people of Clare.
Our work has been been awarded/nominated for the following awards:
From January 2010 to April 2014, we have documented the life stories, memories and folklore of over 530 of Clare's oldest citizens, amounting to over 600 recordings and almost 2,000 hours of audio with people aged 65 – 106 (fourteen over the age of 100). In total, over 110 of those recorded have since passed away.
The latter reminds us of the reality that once lost the memories of our elders can never be retrieved. We have been fortunate to obtain support from the Clare Local Development Company towards capital, research and animation. Gealaimid go ndéaneoimíd ár ndhicheall ar son muintir an Chláir chun oidhreacht chultúra an chontae a chaomhnú agus a chur chun cinn.
We have been awarded grants in recognition of our work from:
We have partnered with the following organisations