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Tracing Your Irish Roots

Tracing Your Irish Roots

Some tips for tracing your family tree.

History of Irish Gaelic

History of Irish Gaelic

Irish is a Celtic language and, as such, is a member of the Indo-European family of languages. Within the Celtic group, it belongs to the Goidelic branch of insular Celtic. Irish has evolved from a form of Celtic introduced into Ireland during the great Celtic migrations between the end of the second millennium and the fourth century BC.

Boycotting and the Agrarian Agitation

Boycotting and the Agrarian Agitation

Father John O’Malley, parish priest of The Neale, Co Mayo, was the inventor of the word ‘boycott’ and Mr James Redpath, the American journalist, who came over to write the terrible story of the land war in Ireland accords O’Malley credit for inventing the word for him.

Flags of Ireland

Flag of the President of Ireland

As with many nations, there are a number of flags that represent Ireland at home and abroad here are just a few.

Shorter History of Ireland

Shorter History of Ireland

History books too long, try our Shorter History of Ireland – first published in the Crawley Irish Festival 2007 programme.

Top Ten Things Irish

Top Ten Things Irish

The Irish have invented some of the words best inventions. Ancestry.co.uk sent out a press release on Saint Patrick’s Day to advise people searching their family tree to look for the Irish Connection.

Saint Patrick [Patron Saint] of Ireland

Saint Patrick - who is said to have driven serpents from Ireland

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. The celebration of his day is the national holiday in Ireland. Parades and parties generally celebrate the day with lots of music long into the night.

Easter 1916

Easter 1916

Neil Jordan’s film “Michael Collins” begins its story with the Easter Rising of 1916. The uprising was a cataclysmic event in Irish history: an attempt by Irish Nationalists to invoke the 1912 Home Rule Bill that had never been implemented but the insurrection ended almost as soon as it began.

The Voyage of Saint Brendan

The Voyage of Saint Brendan

We all know that an Italian, Christopher Columbus, was the first European to discover America. But perhaps a priest from Tralee got there first?

Emigration and the Irish Diaspora

Emigration and the Irish Diaspora

The Irish diaspora consists of Irish emigrants and their descendants in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. The Irish diaspora is said to contain over 80 million people. The term first came widely into use in Ireland in the 1990s when the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, began using the term to describe all those of Irish descent.

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