News from Ireland

Molly Madden in the company of her children on her 109th birthday in December 2015

Ballycastle says Goodbye to Ireland's Oldest Woman

When: Saturday, 30 January, 2016

Molly Madden (nee Keane) passed away at the Moy Ridge Nursing Home in Ballina earlier this month. Molly became Mayo’s oldest ever living person on August 25, 2015 as she overtook Helena Gibbons of Ballindine as Mayo's oldest recorded woman.  Ms Gibbons lived 108 years and 260 days.

Ballycastle (Mayo) Mayo
The setting sun over Armagh City (Courtesy of

Armagh City's built heritage to be restored

When: Friday, 29 January, 2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £1.98m grant in support of initial plans to restore and enhance Armagh City’s built heritage.

Armagh (Armagh) Armagh
Actor Chris Noth Visits Cavan in Ireland in search of his roots

Good Wife Star Chris Noth researches his Irish roots in Cavan

When: Friday, 29 January, 2016

Chris's great great grandfather came from the villlage of Knockbride. He visited Cavan County Library on Wednesday to find our more about his family tree . It is ascertained that his ancestors left Cavan to emigrate to Canada in the 1800s

Kilbride (Cavan) Cavan
Sean Keane


When: Monday, 21 December, 2015

Written by Mary J Murphy, it's fifty-plus townlands are tucked neatly into 56 square miles in north County Galway, and Eilish is involved because her journalist-grandfather, Michael McHugh, was born in one of those townlands, Raheen, in 1873.

CHQ Building Dublin © Susanna Corniani

Have YOUR story feature in the new Irish Diaspora Museum - Opens May 2016

When: Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

As part of this permanent exhibition, the curators and creative team of EPIC Ireland wish to feature Irish emigrant stories.  They are seeking personal stories about people who left Ireland and went on to do something unique, unexpected or surprising.

A view down Sackville Street before the rising © National Library of Ireland

National Library of Ireland announces partnership with Google’s 1916 virtual experience

When: Tuesday, 12 January, 2016

As well as bringing viewers worldwide to parts of Dublin synonymous with the Rising, the interactive Google Street View tour also offers unique access to important historical and cultural resource material.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan with Mike Feerick, Fiona Fitzsimons at the Ireland XO new website launch

Ireland Reaching Out Chairperson features in Irish Lives Remembered

When: Wednesday, 9 December, 2015

Mike Feerick was born in New York City to Mayo parents and at the age of 4, the whole famliy moved back to Ireland to eventually settle in Tiernascragy in County Galway.

Mike Feerick and Ireland XO Volunteer of the year 2015 Tim Lee

Ireland XO Volunteer of the Year 2015

When: Tuesday, 15 December, 2015


Knock It Off Operation Transformation

When: Thursday, 5 November, 2015

Celtic Revival Art Collection

When: Sunday, 9 August, 2015

The museum collection includes embroidered banners designed by Jack B. Yeats and created by the Dun Emer Guild (which included the Yeats sisters), as well as art by Sarah Purser, and Evie Hone.

Loughrea (Galway) Galway