Tomás Mac Conmara

Tomás Mac Conmara, Ennis Book Club Festival

Tomás Mac Conmara is an award-winning oral historian from County Clare. In 2016, he was commended by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, as one of seven recipients who have made outstanding contributions to culture over the last 100 years for a Comhaltas Forógra na Cásca Centenary Award.

He began recording oral history at the age of fifteen and is now recognised as one of the leading oral historians in the country. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Limerick for his study into the social memory of the Irish War of Independence. He was the founder of Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Memories of Clare) and now runs a heritage consultancy, leading cultural projects for national clients like Waterways Ireland, Dublin Port, the Military Archives and several local authorities. He previously published Days of Hunger, The Clare Volunteers and the Mountjoy Hunger Strike of 1917The Time of the TansAn Oral History of The War of Independence in County Clare will be published In February 2019.