News from Ireland

IrelandXO Guide to Irish Castles

When: Saturday, 25 June, 2022

This 30 minute recording consists of a virtual tour of our island's castles led by our resident Archaeologist. We used the Building Chronicles to take a trip through time, all the way back to Medieval Ireland. 

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IrelandXO Guide to Irish Castles

Remembering our Paternal Irish Ancestors

When: Wednesday, 15 June, 2022

Researching Irish ancestry is challenging at best, especially when the branches of our family tree extend across multiple continents. The good news is, we can help each other out by sharing what we know about our paternal line. 

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Ancestors Masterclass

When: Friday, 10 June, 2022

How does it work? The Ancestor Chronicles are a way for you to reconnect and keep in touch with any local community that you or your ancestors may have once lived or worked in. You can post chronicles for any historical individual* connected to a parish or county, be it

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Ancestor Profile Masterclass

Irish in The American War of Independence

When: Saturday, 4 June, 2022

The day itself marks the date, in 1776, on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. There are certain figures of the American Revolutionary War whom history and popular culture have kept in the forefront of our minds.

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Chronicles Insight - American Revolutionary War

The Lucky Irish Penny

When: Wednesday, 1 June, 2022

Up until 1823, Irish coins had the British King's head on the obverse and the harp on the reverse so heads or harps made perfect sense! The British coins took over and the harp disappeared for a century.

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Lucky Irish Penny

Griffith's Valuation and Cancelled Books

When: Monday, 30 May, 2022

Between 1847 and 1864 a detailed, county by county record of tax liable was kept in Ireland.  Today the "Griffith Valuation" is an invaluable resource for anyone researching their Irish family history and if properly used, it can be a fantastic key to uncover family history inf

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Farm land near Lough Corrib c.1890 © National Library of Ireland via Wikimedia Commons

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