Clare                          Church


Sunday 19th May at Noon
Rev'd Norman Harrison
Evening Service at 7.00pm
Mr Andrew McCullough

Sunday 26th May at Noon
Philip MCClelland
Romans 8 v 1-17
Evening service 6.30pm
In Ahorey Church building

Clare Presbyterian Church was established in1633 and for the first time, the Church's history has now been recorded in a new book entitled
'The History of Clare; the People, the Place & the Presbyterians'. The book is divided into three sections. The first section charts the history of the local area back to its earliest days. It documents evidence of settlment in Clare and the surrounding districts, dating back more than 1,000 years.
The second section is dedicated to the history of the Church and the congregation. Clare is one of the oldest Presbyterian Churches in Ireland, and was established during the Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century. The first little Meeting house was burnt to the ground in the 1641 Uprising, and the Settlers who were left alive rallied and rebuilt. There have been four buildings in total, with the present building having been built in 1828. It was recently renovated in 2013.
For those who may have had a connection with Clare in the past, several census substitutes have been included in the book-the oldest being a rare example of a Disenter's list from 1775. Many names are still connected with the congregation, whilst others would take a very different route - mostly to the colonies of America. Lists of Seatholders, Subscribers and Financial reports have also been included, covering the 19th and 20th centuries.
The men and women from the congregation who served during the two World Wars, and even earlier conflicts - such as the Boer War, have also been remembered. As well as recording the past, the book also includes photographs and information on the present congregation. The Session and Committee, as well as the organisations such as Sunday School, GB, PW, etc have all been included.
The final part of the book is about the village itself, which should be of interest to people who have a connection to Clare, if not the Church. It covers everything from Clare Castle to the village's own Volunteer movement of the 1700s. Chapters include farming and flax, Old Clare School, the role of the women, even crime from the 18th and 19th centuries!
To purchase a book please speak to Miss Jennifer McClelland, Mr John Mason, any memeber of the congregation or contact us at the Church email address [email protected] or alternitively by phoning John on 07720 402085.






Aerial view of Clare Presbyterian Church Tandragee