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Woman researching family tree discovers mass grave of Irish emigrants

An American woman may have discovered a mass grave of Irish emigrants, which could provide details about the fates of hundreds of people from the 19th century that until now have been lost in history.

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St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life

St Patrick’s Day is a major event for people of Irish heritage around the world. Each year, people celebrate with a few pints of Guinness and traditional Irish music.

The commercialisation of the festival in recent years has made it is easy to forget the real significance of the patron saint of Ireland, and the impact that he had on the country.

St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life

One popular hymn that is sung in churches today is St Patrick’s Breastplate. There is an incredible story behind the hymn, based on a key event in St Patrick’s life. It took place on May 1st 433AD when he began his march on Ireland.

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Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla – updated Irish-English dictionary

Tá grá mór againn d’Éirinn…we love Ireland but that Irish language can be difficult no matter how hard we try.

This can be frustrating if you’re a student swatting up for exams or people of Irish heritage trying to discover more about their roots and geneaology.

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Future Queen of England is descended from Irish High King

A member of the British Royal family can trace her family tree all the way back to Irish King Brian Boru, according to research by Tourism Ireland.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – wife of Prince William, England’s future king – has connections to Boru via the Lupton family of Yorkshire and the Fitzmaurices of Co Kerry.

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Where do tourists go for the best Irish pub atmosphere?

Irish pubs are famous around the world for having a great atmosphere. They are known as meeting places for people to unwind after a long day and enjoy the craic.

A 2016 survey tried to find which county is the place to go for the best pub atmosphere in Ireland.

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Ireland Inspires video will have you beaming with pride

St Patrick’s Day is a time when Irish people and those with Irish ancestry take pride in their heritage and celebrate together.

One video from Faile Ireland released on St Patrick’s Day in 2014 really encapsulates the pride and passion people feel about their Irish heritage.

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Thousands look up newly available records of their Irish ancestors

Hundreds of people have been logging on to the Irish Genealogy website to find new information about their family history over the last few years.

Ireland’s General Register Office released 27 million records of births, marriages and deaths all the way up to 2013. The birth index goes back to 1900, the marriage index back to 1903 and the death index back to 1966.

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Did the Irish reach America before Columbus?

While Christopher Columbus is credited with being the first European to discover America, there are many scholars who believe there may have already been Irish people living there.

Irish reached America before Columbus. Image copyright Ireland Calling

A book that was published in 1526, just 34 years after Columbus arrived in America, provides compelling evidence that this may be true.

The book, De Orbe Novo (About the New World), was written by Spanish historian Peter Martyr d’Anghiera following several weeks of interviews with contemporary travellers.

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Lisa Kudrow jokes about difficulty of tracing Irish ancestry

Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow joked with Conan O’Brien about the difficulty of tracing his Irish ancestry.

The actress has produced the series Who Do You Think You Are? – which helps celebrities research their family history – since 2010. She joined O’Brien on his chat-show recently, and admitted that tracing Irish family history is notoriously hard because “everyone has the same name”!

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Quiet Man actor took part in 1916 Easter Rising

An author discovered that one of the most famous films in Irish history features an actor who took part in the Easter Rising.

Dermot McEvoy is an expert on the Easter Rising and he reveals that the man who played the Reverend Mister Playfair in The Quiet Man was one of the rebels imprisoned in Stafford 36 years earlier.