News from Ireland

Famine Migration to Quebec

Irish Famine Migration to Quebec, Canada

When: Saturday, 6 July, 2024

An Gorta Mór, or the Great Hunger, affected the Island of Ireland from 1845 to 1852.  During those years, an estimated 2.1 million Irish, or one-fourth of Ireland's pre-famine population, left the country. The potato blight hit many countries in Europe and the Americas.

Taylor Swift - Irish Ancestry

Taylor Swift is a Derry Girl

When: Wednesday, 26 June, 2024

Taylor Swift is a Derry Girl

Joseph Cordner: An early Irish Aviator

Joseph Cordner: An early Irish Aviator

When: Monday, 12 February, 2024

Swan writes of Cordner’s plane: “All components were manufactured locally except the engine, which came from London. It was carefully fitted and from the White Strand of Buncrana on an autumn day in 1908 the first flight was a success. It was over a shallow part of Lough Swilly.


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.

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Guide to researching Famine Evicitions

12 FAQs about Irish Famine Evictions

When: Thursday, 4 April, 2024

FAQ#1 What kind of evictions took place during the Great

Ireland XO Insight - Archaeological and Built Heritage

Ireland XO Insight - Archaeological and Built Heritage

When: Friday, 30 September, 2022

A drive through any county in Ireland will instantly bring you into contact with our Architectural and Built heritage – from stone castles and ancient burial sites to magnificent houses and cathedrals.  Exploring these buildings is an exciting way to discover more about our Island and its varied

Research Guide to Paternal Ancestors

Researching your Paternal Ancestors

When: Saturday, 15 June, 2024

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. 

Old Irish boys' names & aliases

Old Irish (Gaelic) boy names and their meaning

When: Sunday, 15 September, 2024

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. 

The Irish Penny

Ireland's Luckiest Charm: The Irish Penny

When: Friday, 17 May, 2024

Pennies are contradictory things. We don’t mind losing them or leaving them behind when we get change from a purchase.

Whit Sunday - Ireland's Unluckiest Day

Whit Sunday - Unluckiest Day of the Year

When: Thursday, 16 May, 2024

Whit Sunday, also known as Pentecost, is a Christian holiday celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ.