Clare Roots Society wish to thank Bishop Willie Walsh, Fr.Tom Hogan Adm., Ennis Parish Councils & the staff of Ennis Parish Office for assisting in this project and making the records freely available.

Civil Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths commenced in 1864. Outside of the land records the Parish Records remain the main source of Genealogical Data for 19th Century County Clare.

In its ongoing endeavour to make historical records freely available, Clare Roots Society undertook the work of digitally recording the 19th century Birth & Marriage Parish Indexes for Ennis Parish in the autumn of 2009.

We record our gratitude to those who undertook this work, and to Fiona de Buitleir & Chris Goopy who co-ordinated the two groups of volunteers.

The Society makes special mention of Niamh Casey who commenced the work of transcribing Ennis Parish Records.

In any case, the Matchmaking Festival was established, and the romance business flourished.

Willie Daly, the fourth generation matchmaker in his family, has been introducing couples to each other for 45 years and is responsible for over 3000 marriages.

Not all visitors arrive for the purpose of finding a lifelong mate.

Music and drinking are also a big part of the festival’s appeal, and many singles and couples arrive in September out of curiosity or in search of “the craic”, turning this tiny village for a short period into a bustling place.

Thanks to the work of The Clare Roots Society, the Ennis Parish (Drumcliff) Birth and Marriage Registers Indexes are available to search and download.