News from Ireland

The Irish Hedge Schools

When: Friday, 15 September, 2023

The primary purpose of these penal laws, relating to education, was the eradication of “popery” in Ireland. The penal laws were established in 1695 to lessen Irish Catholic power, dismantle their culture, and anglicize or “civilize” Ireland.  The Penal Laws were not all created in 1695.

Ireland's Hedge Schools

Best Irish Family Tree Makers

When: Monday, 14 November, 2022

Talk to anyone who has spent some time researching their Irish ancestry, and they'll all tell you "it grows legs." Despite all our best efforts to keep things simple, Irish genealogy research is a bit... a lot... like our confusing signposts and winding boreens – a fun journey,

Best Irish Family Tree Maker

From Ireland to Sydney in 100 Days - Letters from Passengers

When: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023

By 1830 Ulster was in crisis. In the preceding 50 years she had experienced an unparalleled period of population growth which was reflected in chronic under-employment in agriculture, which was by far her largest employer.

From Ireland to Syndney in 100 Days - Letters from Passengners

Old Irish (Gaelic) boy names and their meaning

When: Friday, 15 September, 2023

Introduction In this index most common Irish names, their correct English, Latin and Gaelic spelling variations are listed. This is followed by their meaning and origin, but before we begin please read through the index guide below. 

Old Irish boys' names & aliases

Irish Genealogy Resource Checklist

When: Thursday, 7 September, 2023

Access to records, archives and heritage information has dramatically increased in recent years with many state bodies digitising documents and images, promoting their awareness, and sharing them online with the public.  Here's our top selection of the best genealogical sources and repositories when carr

IrelandXO Insight - Genealogy Resource Checklist

Remittances and the Great Irish Famine

When: Tuesday, 12 September, 2023

For the million or so emigrants who left Ireland during the hungry 1840s (and immediately after) the memory of their home place was never far from their thoughts.  In particular, Famine emigrants were anxious that parents and family members would be free from the continued threat of hunger and ev

Remittances and the Great Irish Famine