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"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the mi...
Facinating blog etc and would love to swap note maybe. I've been researching my family origins from the borders of the 3 counties of Mayo/Roscommon/Galway from 1830's & beyond. firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of us who no longer have our mothers might sometimes daydream about conversations that can never take place and letters our mothers will never write to us. In the lead up to Mothers' Day I begin to feel jealous of those friends who still have their mo...
On this Easter Sunday, I am here in Dublin attending one of the 2016 official State Commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the Rising actually began on Monday 24 April, 1916, the Irish government has chosen today to officially mark the 100th ann...
Today, on what would have been her 85th birthday, with love we remember our beautiful mother. The collage I've inserted features some of my favourite photos of my mom as she travelled through life, both in Ireland and on her journeys beyond its shores, imag...
On the grounds of Clonmacnoise. For many of us who search for evidence of ancestors, rarely are we able to cite the location of a found ancestor in a monastic settlement. Nevertheless, depending on where our ancestors settled on the island of Ireland, and h...
Today, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which began on 24 April 1916, I would like to share with you a select few of the many images I shot of ways in which the rebellion has been commemorated. All around Dublin — the prin... #Ireland #Dublin #1916
When I was a child we lived next door to an elderly widow named Annie. On Sunday afternoons, in the spring and summer, accompanied by one of her adult children, Annie would travel out to the local Catholic cemetery in order to visit those graves in which he...
May your blessings be many on this St. Patrick's Day, and each day your whole life long! In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are my photographs of a rather stern looking St. Patrick standing atop a monument at the Prospect Cemetery at Glasnevin in Dublin, ...
Today on the 16th anniversary of our father's death, I remember our dad Michael and the long ago St. Patrick's Days we enjoyed with him. St. Patrick's Day of the year 2000 is a day I recollect with great sadness. On that day there was no cause for celebrati...
Rare 1880s photo captures Achill women breaking stones
Previously unseen image discovered in personal effects of painter Alexander Williams
Secret police files relating to Easter Rising released
Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) obsessively monitored future rebels
Sonar images of Lusitania emerge ahead of sinking’s centenary
President Higgins to attend commemoration in Cobh along with US, UK and German officials
Irish Roots: establishment of Ireland as European centre of genealogical...
Anyone with even the remotest interest in Irish genealogy should read this new report
A warrior for peace – An Irishman’s Diary about Frank Sheehy-Skeffington
Pacifist, feminist and all-round radical
17 Tips + 1 for Family History/Genealogy Research in Ireland
Visitors trotting by on James Street, Dublin. My original list of thirteen tips plus one, first published in 2010 as a post on this blog, ha
Wills of Dickens, Churchill, and Turing made available
UK makes millions of wills publicly available online
1914 Christmas truce: all quiet on the western front as guns were silenced
A hundred years ago this week, first World War soldiers called a brief halt to carnage
Will & Grace star Sean Patrick Hayes looks for his Irish roots
HE IS better known here as Jack McFarland in the popular NBC sitcom 'Will & Grace' but actor Sean Patrick Hayes is a Kerryman and wants to c
The Kerry workhouse girls who became Australian pioneers
‘They lived in the bush or went to the goldmines’: the Earl Grey scheme saw 4,000 destitute Irish girls, including 117 from Kerry, transport
TIGS transcribes NY burial records with place of origin
A unique and valuable new resource has resulted from a project managed by Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS): transcriptions of 12,731 reco
Waves of emigration leave a legacy of love and loss behind
Opinion: ‘The report is a reminder that behind all the emigration statistics over the past 200 years, and despite the modern revolution in t
First World War memorial bedroom to fallen French soldier - Telegraph
French soldier's bedroom to be preserved 'for 500 years' as reminder of his sacrifice in Great War
Culture Shock: Death by a thousand cuts – the terrible way we treat our ...
These precious institutions came from a 19th-century optimism about the spread of literacy and enlightenment. Now nobody with any power give