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Discover your poorest Irish ancestors in new records

Mary McKee, Findmypast

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.

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Fleetwood Mac star and son use their Irish heritage to get Irish passports

The newest member of global superstars Fleetwood Mac is an Irish citizen – despite being from the other side of the world.

Neil Finn is best known as the songwriter of Crowded House, who have had several world-wide hits over the years.

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Rod Stewart gets tearful recalling story of Irish rebel leader executed 15 minutes after marrying fiance

Scottish rock legend Rod Stewart shed a tear when he appeared on Irish TV and was presented with a very special gift.

Stewart was a guest on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy over the 2019 St Patrick’s Day weekend.

Rod Stewart

During the show, Tubridy surprised Stewart with a first-edition copy of a poetry book written by Easter Rising hero Joseph Mary Plunkett.

Earlier in the week, Stewart had gone to Dublin’s Glasnevin cemetery, where he visited the grave of Plunkett’s widow Grace Gifford.

The story of Plunkett and Gifford means a great deal to Stewart and he even recorded the song Grace, which was written by Sean and Frank O’Meara about the couple.

Stewart’s visit to Gifford’s final resting place didn’t go unnoticed by the Late Late Show producers and host Tubridy surprised the star with his gift.

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.”

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Trace your Irish family all the way back to 1595!

Niall Cullen, Findmypast

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.

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Stunning cottage and gardens in one of Ireland’s most famous beauty spots put up for sale

Take a look inside this beautiful cottage in the middle of the stunning Co Kerry countryside.

Derreenrickard Cottage, Tahilla, Sneem, Kenmare, Co. Kerry was a derelict property when it was purchased by the current owners in 1993.

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Find your fighting Irish ancestors in American Civil War records

Hundreds of thousands of Irishmen participated in the American Civil War. You can find those fighting Irish in over six million Civil War records  released online by Findmypast.

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How to make the classic Irish dish ‘Champ’

A YouTube channel called ‘Videos of Irish Farming Life’ has created a great video that shows how to make a traditional Irish dish.

It is a charming home-made video featuring a chef named Rosemary who talks the viewer through the process of making a dish called ‘Champ’ – which is often also known as ‘Calli’.

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Gene Kelly’s widow speaks about the star’s struggle to gain Irish citizenship – despite having an Irish grandfather

American legend Gene Kelly was one of the major stars of the golden age of Hollywood.

In 1999, the multi-talented actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director and producer was named the 15th greatest male screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Discovering Irish Patriots in prison records

Niall Cullen, Findmypast

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.

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Take a tour of this stunning Co Cork mansion which was a haven for global stars in the 1990s

A mansion in Co Cork which has hosted famous musicians and been the venue for numerous art festivals is on the market.

The property is called Liss Ard, which means ‘high fort’ in Gaelic, and is a magnificent early Victorian Mansion.