The recently released Irish Poverty Relief Loans, 1821-1874 on Findmypast are a fascinating source for those building their Irish family tree.
They record the names of over 600,000 people in rural Ireland, before during and after The Great Famine. Geographically, the records mainly cover the counties on Ireland’s west and south-west coasts, areas of the country which can be notoriously challenging for family history research.
Tubridy told the rocker: “We were trying to think of something as a present we could give to you because we like what you’ve done with that story.
“So, we’ve found a collection of poetry by Joseph Mary Plunkett and it was published in 1916, it’s a first edition and it’s our gift from us to you.”
The singer was moved to tears by the gift and told Tubridy: “That is truly amazing, thank you so much.”
Stewart had once tried to perform ‘Grace’ on the BBC but was told he couldn’t due to ‘anti-English’ connotations.
He said: “They won’t let me sing “Grace” because of its Irish, anti-English overtones in the song. Forget about it, it’s one of the greatest love songs ever written. The guy goes to his death 15 minutes the next morning after he’s been married, and I can’t sing that one either.”
Two exciting Irish family history resources were made available on Findmypast in 2015. These fascinating new collections are a fantastic addition to the largest collection of Irish family history records anywhere online and include indexes of your ancestors’ wills and marriages, right back into the 16th century.
The Irish Prison Registers 1790-1924 on Findmypast are an excellent source for tracing your Irish family history and provide a wealth of information about the prisoner including their name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age and even physical descriptions.
The records have also become a popular record set for historians to browse through as a source for tracing the history of rebellion in Ireland. Some of Ireland’s most famous rebel leaders feature in the registers, having found themselves on the wrong side of the law in their struggle for Irish independence.