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Advanced DNA testing technique could identify hundreds of the Tuam babies

Advanced DNA testing technique could identify hundreds of the Tuam babies

An advanced new technique of testing and matching DNA could open up the possibility of identifying hundreds of the babies buried in mass grave at Tuam Mother and Baby Home. The technique is far wider reaching than current forensic DNA testing, meaning the chances of finding out the identities of …

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Superstar Justin Bieber claims to be 60% Irish

Justin Bieber

Canadian superstar Justin Bieber has claimed to be ‘60% Irish’ in a recent social media post. It comes after the 25-year-old’s father Jeremy was pictured alongside Irish UFC star Conor McGregor with a bottle of the fighter’s Proper No. Twelve whiskey. The ‘Love Yourself’ star posted the photo to Instagram …

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What difficulties did your ancestors overcome to allow their kids to thrive? Discover the personal stories within your family tree

Discover the stories hidden within your family tree

Genealogy website findmypast are offering a 30% discount on their monthly and annual subscriptions, so if you are interested in learning more about your family’s history, then this is the perfect place to start. Findmypast have millions of historical records available such as birth, death and marriage certificates, as well …

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Meghan Markle can trace her family tree back to Ireland

Prince Harry’s girlfriend can trace her family tree back to Ireland. Photo copyright Genevieve CC2

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has Irish roots, and one of her relatives worked in Windsor Castle as part of the household staff. The media has had an up-and-down relationship with Californian-born Markle ever since she and Prince Harry announced they had been dating in late 2016.

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Reese Witherspoon thrilled to discover her Irish heritage

Reese Witherspoon thrilled to discover her Irish heritage

Hollywood superstar Reese Witherspoon was thrilled to discovery that she has Irish ancestry and even joked that she fits the stereotype because: “I’m a really good drinker.” The Legally Blonde actress was a guest on Conan O’Brien’s chat show and said she had just been told by his producer that …

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Irish leader’s St Patrick’s speech about the value of Irish immigrants tops 30 million views

Video of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's speech at the White House

The moving St Patrick’s Day speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny about how much Irish immigrants have contributed to America has been viewed more than 30 million times across the world. Mr Kenny delivered the speech on Capitol Hill last Thursday in front of President Trump as part of the traditional …

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The Irish Thatch Cottage – Pop Up a piece of home in your backyard for St. Patrick’s Day!

Pop up thatched Irish pub - perfect for St Patrick's Day celebrations

People across the world are celebrating their Irish heritage with parties that are hosted in the setting of an Irish pub or cottage just outside their house, thanks to an innovative Irish couple. People from the UK to Australia, the US to the United Arab Emirates are hiring a pop …

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McDonald’s left red faced after ‘Irish’ advert gaffe

McDonald's faced a backlash over their St Patrick's Day advert

Fast food giants McDonald’s were left reeling yesterday after their latest online advert caused a backlash in Ireland. The high street burger chain are usually considered to be among the most successful advertisers in the world, with their ads capturing people’s imaginations and inspiring brand loyalty.

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Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla – updated Irish-English dictionary

The word for 'Selfie' is included in the updated English Irish 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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