Our History

Who we are

Clarecare is the largest Clare-based not-for-profit agency providing a wide range of support services for people in County Clare.


Clarecare was established in 1968 as Clare Social Services Council (CSSC) a structure to coordinate local services for the elderly. The CSSC met with an enthusiastic response from the voluntary sector. The CSSC began as a parish-based organisation with twenty-three affiliated organisations. The first staff member was employed in 1969 while the first Managing Director started in 1973. The initial emphasis of CSSC was the provision of services for older persons, but by the end of the 1970s it had extended into services for children and families as more service needs were identified. Clare Social Services Council was renamed Clarecare in 1987.

Legal Status

Clarecare became a company limited by guarantee in 2003. The registered office is Clarecare CLG, Harmony Row, Ennis. Registered in Ireland no. 350248. Charity no. CHY 6677.