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Administrative Divisions And Genealogical Records

Clare Roots Society

8:00pm Thursday 20 February 2014

Civic Rooms, Ennis Town Council, Drumbiggle Road

by Paddy Waldron

WWW version:

You can listen to the audio version of this presentation (a 75.1MB .mp3 file) as you read this web version.


All maps and lookup tables relate to a specific date, which should perhaps be included in the above table. In some rows, the map and lookup table links are not contemporaneous.

The boundaries of many layers of administrative divisions have been subject to minor changes over time.

An example: where are we?

Here in the townland of Clonroad Beg ...

... in the civil parish of Drumcliff in the barony of Islands in the county of Clare in the province of Munster.

But the more rural parts of Clonroad Beg are divided between the District Electoral Divisions of Ennis Rural, Ennis No. 2 Urban, Ennis No. 3 Urban and Ennis No. 4 Urban. The most urbanised part of Clonroad Beg is divided into streets, such as Drumbiggle Road (1901, 1911). These are all in the Dispensary District of Ennis in the Poor Law Union of Ennis (both pre- and post-Famine).

We are in the Catholic parish of Ennis in the Catholic diocese of Killaloe.

We are in the Church of Ireland Union of Drumcliffe (Ennis) in the United Dioceses of Limerick & Killaloe, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly.

We are in the probate district of Limerick now served by the Limerick/Clare district probate registry.

Julius Caesar: Divide and conquer - divide et impera


(District) Electoral Divisions (DEDs)

Dispensary Districts or Dispensary and Registration Districts or Registrar's Districts

Pre-Famine Poor Law Unions (PLUs) or Registrar's Districts or Registration Districts

Pre-Famine Poor Law Unions in County Clare

Post-Famine Poor Law Unions or Superintendent Registrar's Districts or Registration Districts

Post-Famine Poor Law Unions in County Clare

Source of images: The Poor Law Records of Counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary by S.C. O’Mahony. Supplement to North Munster Antiquarian Journal vol. XXI 1979 via

Civil Parishes

Catholic Parishes

Dioceses or Areas (at



Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) Centres

"City or Town" for "Last Permanent Residence" and/or "Place of Birth" on Ellis Island Manifests


GAA Provinces

Catholic Provinces

Anglican Provinces

Electoral Constituencies

Telephone Area Codes


Other map websites

There are many other map websites which might have been included in the accompanying table, including

Further Reading