East Clare Heritage was formed in 1989 as a not for profit voluntary group, with the primary objective of protecting, promoting and ultimately creating access to the vast heritage of East Clare.
Just two years later, President of Ireland, Mary Robinson opened the East Clare Heritage Centre at St Cronán’s 10th Century Church in Tuamgraney County Clare.
Since then, the committee have published 11 editions of the acclaimed historical journal ‘Sliabh Aughty’, six publications on local history and produced many other heritage projects dedicated to the promotion of heritage in East Clare. One of these projects was the restoration of a famine graveyard in Tuamgraney in the mid 1990’s. It stands as a memorial to the thousands who were buried here during the Irish Famine and is also a testament to the dedication of a committed group of volunteers.
As well as holding an impressive series of lectures on subjects like Biddy Early, Robert Emmet and Life in Celtic Ireland, East Clare Heritage has organised a variety of cultural workshops at the centre throughout the year to engage schoolchildren with their local heritage.
East Clare Heritage, since its inception in 1989 has been extremely active in facilitating both intellectual and physical access to the heritage and history of East Clare.