News from Ireland

Guide to researching Irish Military Archives

The Military Archives and How to Search Them

When: Thursday, 21 March, 2024

The Archive was set up in the early 1920s by Col M J Costello and Thomas Galvin with the purpose of not only meeting the immediate needs of the new Military but as a ‘

Emigrant Letters

Call for Emigrant Letters

When: Monday, 11 March, 2024

A new collection of emigrant letters is now viewable at the University of Galway. Thanks to the work of American historian Kerby Miller, we can now get a deeper understanding of our ancestors after the left their homes.

Irish grandmother standing in front of her rural house

Remembering our Irish Grandmothers

When: Sunday, 10 March, 2024

Researching Irish ancestry becomes more challenging when tracing the maternal branches of our family tree. The good news is, we can help each other out by sharing what we know about our maternal line. 

The Hanging Gale

Irish Famine Period Drama online

When: Saturday, 3 February, 2024

IMAGE © Little Bird Films 'The Hanging Gale' (R15+) is a four-part TV mini-series set in Co. Donegal against the backdrop of Ireland's Great Famine in 1846.

Genealogy Resources for Donaghmore Parish, County Down

Free Online Genealogical Resources Specifically for Donaghmore Parish, County Down, Ireland

When: Monday, 26 February, 2024

Important Note: when searching records, keep in mind that there are other Donaghmore parishes in Ireland. All Donaghmore townlands are in the Barony of Upper Iveagh, upper half, except, Corgary and Drummiller townlands which are in the Barony of Lower Iveagh, upper half.

Irish Leap Year Traditions

Irish Leap Year Traditions

When: Thursday, 20 February, 2020

Though‌ ‌in‌ ‌some‌ ‌cultures‌ ‌this‌ ‌extra‌ ‌day‌ ‌comes‌ ‌and‌ ‌goes‌ ‌like‌ ‌any‌ ‌other,‌ ‌in‌ ‌Ireland‌, ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌long-held ‌tradition‌ ‌of‌ ‌Leap‌ ‌Day‌ ‌proposals.‌ ‌In years gone by, the‌ ‌29th‌ ‌of‌ ‌February‌ ‌was‌ ‌the‌ ‌one‌ ‌day,‌ ‌every‌ ‌four‌ ‌years,‌ ‌when‌ ‌women‌ ‌co

Landed Estate Court Rentals

Landed Estate Court 'Rentals'

When: Wednesday, 15 February, 2023

Until about 1900 the majority of land in Ireland (97% in 1870) was rented out to tenant farmers rather than used by the owner himself.

Understanding Land Divisions in Ireland

Irish Land Divisions Made Easy

When: Monday, 12 February, 2024

Old names for Ireland

What’s In a Name? Making the most of your Irish surname.

IrelandXO Insight - Making the most of your Irish surname

When: Saturday, 12 February, 2022

Most people are familiar with The Census of Ireland as it is available to view for free on the National Archives website. It’s a great, practical resource as it allows you to examine both the 1901 and 1911 forms as well as available fragments from earlier years.

Unforgetable Irish Love Stories

Three Irish Love Stories

When: Wednesday, 14 February, 2024

In 1836, Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) gave Dublin's Fr John Spratt a reliquary containing the remains of Saint Valentine, as a gift of esteem.