Stories – People and Events in Clare – Fact or Fiction?

This section of the website will focus on stories,  mostly those written about Clare, its residents and events. Folklore is by nature a mix of truth and embellishment of the truth.  These stories will be published as they were written and we will provide the source and/or author.

If you plan to use any of the information within the story, you will be well-advised to check for factual accuracy, especially if you are in the folklore category of stories on this website. Otherwise, enjoy the stories! An example is Cy à Mature who was a real person from Meteghan – could Cy à Mature really fly from Baie-Sainte-Marie “sur un écopeau”? We’ll let the reader decide!

Our purpose in adding these stories to our website is to give the reader some insight into the individuals and events that helped shape Clare since the arrival of the first permanent settlers in 1768.

The first set I am including is drawn from the 100 Short Stories written by Father Clarence J. d’Entremont; these were also published in the Yarmouth Vanguard. From the 100 stories, I have provided links to the ones about people or events in Clare.

On Remembrance Day 2014, I posted an article about one young man from Clare who died in WWI at age twenty. His family received the Memorial Plaque after his death, as did all families of British Commonwealth military personnel who died in World War I or as a result of injuries received during WWI.  His name was Joseph ‘Benoit’ Melanson – read his story here.