A Chairde,
Kilrush and District Historical Society's public activities came to a sudden and unexpected halt in March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people, when conducted in line with public health advice, are now permissible under Phase 3 of Ireland's Roadmap for reopening, we are glad to announce a guided walking tour of Cappa(gh), Kilrush, which will take place this Sunday, 26 July 2020.  Meet at the pier at 3pm.  The tour will be led by committee members Paddy Waldron and Paul O'Brien.  Dress for the weather, which is currently forecast by Irish Weather Online to be partly cloudy with isolated showers and highs near 17 C.  We have some fascinating new discoveries about the area to share with all of you!

We would also like to take this opportunity to provide our members with an overview of our activities since early March and our plans for the coming months. For the time being, our activities have transitioned into virtual offerings, especially on our Facebook page ( where we continue to engage on the topic of the history of Kilrush and west Clare.  Lots is happening as you can see below.
As many of you will know, we have been fundraising since 2017 to erect a permanent memorial to those men who enlisted in the armed forces during the First World War. As the photograph illustrates, we are close to the end of the project but still require funding to bring it to fruition. All works were carried out by Michael Cusack to the designs of John Shannon. Our funding partners include Kilrush Tidy Towns and Clare County Council. The project would not have to be possible without the assistance of Cllr Ian Lynch. The site was donated by the Parish Council. This is truly a community-led project. To contribute to our funding appeal, please follow this link:
Donations can also be handed into Lisa O’Sullivan at O’Sullivan’s Shop, Moore Street. The launch of the Kilrush WW1 memorial takes place on Sunday 23 August 2020 at 3pm. It will be unveiled by Dr Joe Power.
On 28 February 2019, the Heritage Council of Ireland announced that Clare County Council was successful in its funding application to the Historic Towns Initiative 2019 ( The award of €190,000 was topped up by a grant of €50,000 from the Council. The conservation of the Terret Lodge and the conversion of the gate lodge, which dates to 1845, will see a genealogy and exhibition space opened to the public and operated by Kilrush and District Historical Society whose members contributed to the funding application.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed plans to open the lodge. As you will see from the photographs, the building is nearing completion. It will be a great addition to those researching their family history in Kilrush and west Clare and will benefit local and visitor alike.
The launch details of the Terret Lodge have yet to be finalised.
The committee of KDHS has been busy working on a substantial history of Kilrush covering the years 1850-1970. The book will be heavily illustrated and present previously unpublished photographs, billheads, maps, sketches and newspaper clippings of the town. We are currently accepting donations of material for inclusion. The book is edited by Paul O'Brien, Lisa O’Sullivan, Kay Clancy and John Glynn. It is envisaged that the book will be launched in early 2021.

*The above is a mock-up of the book.
To contribute material to the book, please email us:
Our Annual General Meeting and lecture series for 2020/2021 will be confirmed when COVID-19 guidelines permit.
Some of our past events can be viewed on the KDHS YouTube Channel at
Finally, we would like to remind members that the annual membership fee for the year from July 2020 to June 2021 is being held at EUR20 for another year and is now due.  The membership form can be downloaded from our website at

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