Image taken along the interior of old stone building with no roof

Clare Libraries’ Local Studies Centre is a reference library and research centre dedicated to the collection of material on any aspect of County Clare. Located at the Manse, beside the de Valera Library in Ennis, it is open to the public free of charge. The Centre also houses a collection of Irish interest material. Much of the material in the Local Studies Centre has also been digitised and published online.

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History and heritage

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Explore County Clare’s history through detailed interactive maps.

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Photographic archive

Explore County Clare’s past through our online archive of photographs.

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Music and song

Listen to traditional tunes associated with County Clare, played by musicians who are from the county or who have lived in it for many years.

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Clare Past forum

We host an active online forum.

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County archives

Clare County Archives was established in 1999 and provides an integrated cultural and information service to researchers at home and abroad.

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