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 she is “63% Irish”.

President Kennedy’s speech to the Irish government in 1963

President Kennedy visited Ireland in June 1963 to see the home of his ancestors in Co Wexford. He was proud of his Irish heritage and received a warm and enthusiastic welcome as he toured the country meeting a range of people including relatives, leading Irish policitians, businessmen and thousands of well-wishers.

Meghan Markle can trace her family tree back to Ireland

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.

Fascinating video about the Black Irish of Montserrat

A report on the Black Irish of Montserrat looks into the lives of the descendants of Irish people who were exiled from their land by Oliver Cromwell. The report comes from the RTÉ and TG4 documentary series ‘Radharc’ and was filmed in 1976. While the film is now very old, it gives a fascinating insight… Continue reading Fascinating video about the Black Irish of Montserrat

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

Online education company Future Learn is offering people the chance to learn how to begin searching their family tree with fantastic free course. The course is available to people from anywhere in the world and can be done completely online, with interactive studies, forums and exercises.

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 the babies is much greater.

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Superstar Justin Bieber claims to be 60% Irish

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 Stories with a revelation about… Continue reading Superstar Justin Bieber claims to be 60% Irish

What difficulties did your ancestors overcome to allow their kids to thrive? Discover the personal stories 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 as military and police records.