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My Dad was born in West Clare in the West of Ireland. This page is devoted to that lovely part of Ireland. Check out the links and pictures below to explore my heritage.

My Lovely Rose of Clare

Oh my lovely rose of Clare, you're the sweetest girl I know
You're the queen of all the roses, like the pretty flowers that grow. You are the sunshine of my life, so beautiful and fair. And I will always love you, my lovely rose of Clare

Oh the sun it shines out like a jewel on the lovely hills of Clare. As I strolled along with my sweet lass one evening at the fair. Her eyes they shone like silver streams, her long and golden hair. For I have won the heart of her, my lovely Rose of Clare

We walked down by the river bank watched the Shannon flowing by. And listened to the nightingale singing songs for you and I. And so I must now say farewell to all you true and fair. For I have stolen the heart of one, my lovely rose of Clare

Oh my lovely rose of Clare, you're the sweetest girl I know
You're the queen of all the roses, like the pretty flowers that grow. You are the sunshine of my life, so beautiful and fair.And I will always love you, my lovely rose of Clare

And I will always love you, my lovely rose of Clare

Doonbeg Golf Course

My Name : Shanahan

Nec Elatus Nec Dejectus

The Irish name Shanahan is derived from the native Gaelic O'Seanachain Clan that was located in the West of Ireland and in County Clare especially. This name is now widespread throughout the Province of Munster where the name Shannon can also be found as a variant. My Dad is from Doonbeg in County Clare. You can obtain information on the Shanahan name by clicking on the family crest.

The family motto "Nec Elatus Nec Dejectus" means "Neither elated, nor dejected".

Yeah, right!

Slieve Callan Locomotive

Doonbeg

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Vist the Beautiful and stately Dromoland Castle above.

Cliffs of Moher

Winners 1997

Red Rose

Playing:
My Lovely Rose Of Clare

Map Of Clare

I have had very many happy holidays in West Clare, Ireland during my life to now. When I was younger our annual family holidays were all taken in West Clare and I have many happy memories & photos. Many of my cousins still live in West Clare and if they are looking in, hello to all. Doughmore Bay (picture on the left) was where we took our holidays. Dad's home is at the northern end of the bay. An international golf course designed by Greg Norman (The Great White Shark)was opened by the sand dunes in 2002. You can visit the official website & read what Greg Norman says about the course by clicking on the picture on the left.

Shanahan Crest

The West Clare Railway was one of a network of 3ft gauge lines which spread across rural Ireland after the 1883 Tramways Act. Opened throughout in 1892, it connected the market town of Ennis with the coastal settlements of Kilrush and Kilkee. Troubled by money problems from the outset, the Railway was made famous (or infamous you could say)in 1896 when the entertainer Percy French was prevented from fulfilling an engagement in Kilkee by the breakdown of his West Clare train - his poem "Are Ye Right There Michael" and the resulting Court case ensuring a lasting worldwide fame for the Railway. The Railway had to endure other hazards - five trains were blown off the tracks by ferocious Atlantic storms.Eventually instructions were given that all trains should be halted when winds exceeded 80mph.

If you are looking for a pleasing holiday, look no further. The West Of Ireland is an unique place of unspoilt natural beauty with many of your favourite leisure attractions of Golf, Wind Surfing, and fishing thrown in for good measure. Check out West Clare by clicking on the pictures above and below.

Kilkee Bay

Listen to The Cliffs of Dooneen

Clare Hurlers

The West Clare Railway made famous in song by Percy French, a wandering troubadour, engineer and man of many other talents.

West Clare Railway