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Flight of the Earls The 400th anniversary of the Flight of the Earls in 2007 is rapidly approaching. A defining moment in Irish history for ‘native’ and ‘planter’ alike, the quartercentenary affords an opportunity for reflection. Historical societies are already considering tentative plans to mark this event while behind the scenes efforts are underway to co-ordinate commemorations on a grander scale.
The Father Brown Photographic Collection In 1985 a collection of 42,000 photographs – among them, remarkable images and mementoes of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage – was uncovered in a Dublin basement.
Irish Tribute to the WTC disaster


President McAleese
Statement by President McAleese to mark National Day of Mourning
Irish Genealogical Society We are a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting members in genealogical research of Irish and Scots-Irish ancestry. We try to put members in touch with others researching the same surnames. Our resources are specifically selected to assist members in finding information and resources on ancestors in both the North and South of Ireland.
The Irish Famine  History of the Great Famine.
Garda Siochana Museum/Archives



The Garda Síochána Museum is the museum of the Republic of Ireland's national police force. It is located in Dublin Castle. The archivist is Sergeant John Duffy, Dip Arc Sc. The museum contains a vast amount of both archival and artifactual material, relating not only to the Garda Síochána, but also to the Irish Constabulary, The Royal Irish Constabulary, The Dublin Police, and The Dublin Metropolitan Police.
Garda Siochana Historical Society

Garda Síochána Historical Society
Table of Contents

Ireland Before the Garda Síochána  Organized policing in Ireland commenced with the formation of the Dublin Police in 1786. Prior to the Dublin Police Act, law and order in Irish towns and cities was maintained by watchmen (Night watchmen had protected Ireland's Norman towns and cities from about the 14th century), parish constables and the military. Between 1723 and 1785, civil patrolmen known as the 'Charlies'
The Irish Brigade in America Our organization is dedicated to the memory of the millions of brave Irish men and women who have fought on every continent and helped build nations around the world.

An Affiliate of the Maritime Industry Museum SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler Throggs Neck, N.Y.

Wild Geese Today This week in the History of the Irish, an American based site
The Dunbrody Project The project involves the construction of a full scale sea-going replica of Dunbrody, a three masted barque, originally built in Quebec, Canada for the Graves Family of New Ross in 1845. Dunbrody carried many Irish emigrants to the New World from 1845 to 1870.
A Piece of Irish History on the Net
A History of County Dublin This work covers almost all of Dublin and was originally published in six volumes (1902-1920).
This is a scholarly work - a majestic six-volume history of old Dublin - and, considering that it was produced before computers were even a dream, an  textual monument to what can be achieved through dedication, organisation and perseverance.

Ulster Historical Foundation

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a non-profit making organisation (Charity Ref No XN48460), that was founded in 1956 to promote interest in Irish history and genealogy, with particular reference to the province of Ulster. UHF offers a comprehensive ancestral research service, publishes books on Irish history and genealogy, organises conferences and lecture tours and runs a membership club (Guild).
Irish Titanic Historical Society A link to Ireland's connection with the ill fated Titanic
Eolas Na hEireann Irish History, the Constitution, etc.

Bunclody & 1798

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society Welcome to the Glens of Antrim Historical Society's Internet Site. Our Society has been in existence for 35 years and is recognised as one of the foremost Societies on the island of Ireland. On this site you will find a vast range of historical information on the Glens of Antrim area of Northern Ireland
County Tipperary Historical Society The County Tipperary Historical Society was formed in 1987 to create a forum whereby previously unpublished material relating to the history, archaeology, genealogy, folklore and geography of County Tipperary could be published in one all embracing Journal. It had the further aim of fostering and encouraging new research in these fields.
The Irish Holocaust Irishmen and Irishwomen!
Read this site and weep. Weep for the agonies and deaths of your people at the hands of genocidists. The authorities who imposed the curriculum, the teachers and professors who funneled it into you, have carefully kept you uninformed as to which British regiment, or that any regiment, murdered your people. Until now, that information was kept from you. You had no access to it. You do now - you read it on your computer screen! Commit the regiment's name to memory
The Churches of Great Island This site tells you all about the churches of Cobh and Great Island
Lacey & Lacey Forgotten Ireland, The world of the Normans and much more besides
Dungarvan Museum Society The Society was founded in 1982 at a meeting organised by Dungarvan I.C.A. A committee was formed to establish a Museum and to find a suitable building. In 1984 the historic Old Market House at Lower Main Street was acquired by Waterford Co. Council. The building wasrenovated and restored to house a new Library and Museum which was officially opened by the authoress Molly Keane in February 1984
Titanic Park On Monday the 15th of April 1912 the steam ship the RMS Titanic the flagship of the White Star Line slipped beneath the Atlantic ocean on her maiden Voyage with the loss of over 1500 lives.

Since that fateful morning the mystery and myth surrounding the loss of the Titanic and the souls lost on her has enchanted millions around the world
Saint Patrick Centre Get the low down on the man himself, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Foynes Flying Boat Musuem During the 1930s and early 1940s, the Port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the United States and Europe.

From the first probing flights which ventured out over the Atlantic to the regular scheduled crossings during wartime, Foynes was a hive of activity as passengers came and went to destinations all over the world.

South Aris Irish Antartic Adventure 1997.  A group of experienced Irish sailors and mountaineers attempted to retrace the footsteps of the epic journey made by Ernest Shackleton in 1915. The Epic journey? Shackleton and Tom Crean (another Irish man) after being shipwrecked in pack ice made an 800 mile voyage in a tiny lifeboat across the inhospitable Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia. On Landfall they had to traverse hostile mountains and glaciers across the island where they finally reached a whaling station - safety for them and their fellow sailors whom they returned to rescue. More about the original expedition can be found Here.
Catholic Encyclopedia

The Irish (in countries other than Ireland)

Who were the first Irish to land on the American continent and the time of their arrival are perhaps matters of conjecture rather than of historical proof; but that the Irish were there almost at the beginning of the colonial era is a fact support by historical records.

Catholic Encyclopedia History of Ireland


Ireland lies in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain, from which it is separated in the north-east by the North Channel, in the east by the Irish Sea, and in the south-east by St. George's Channel. Situated between the fifty-first and fifty-sixth degrees of latitude, and between the fifth and eleventh parallels of longitude (Greenwich), its greatest length is 302 miles, its greatest breadth 174 miles, its area 32,535 square miles.

Cruithni, Ulster History There are hundreds of books, and thousands of publications on the history of Ulster. I hope that the following notes and references will provide an interesting introduction to the subject. The material is not intended to provide a rigorous historical analysis. Instead, it provides an introduction to a selection of historical events, together with suggestions for further reading. (Sample of text from the Site)
Remembering Robert Emmet Irish Orator and Patriot ~
preparing for a global commemoration via the World Wide Web
Tipperary Historical Society For foreign members or people outside Ireland visiting this site, it is worth noting that the Newsletter also carries, in a special Book Column, a complete listing, plus publication details, of all titles of County Tipperary interest recently stocked in the Local Studies Department of the County Library. This acts as a kind of short notice of titles as against full reviews carried in the annual Journal. These are also now collated and listed on a separate page on the Tipperary Libraries site under Recent additions

County Mayo An Outline History "County Mayo has a rich archaeological heritage dating from prehistoric times to the present. (Achaeology is the interpretation of our past from the study of buildings and objects made by human beings. We are dependent on archaeology alone in any attempt to study the prehistoric period and thereafter to complement what is recorded in written sources). According to the present state of archaeological knowledge, the first people arrived in Ireland sometime before 7000 BC during what is called the Mesolithic period. They were nomadic tribes of hunters and fishing people who built no permanent structures such as houses or tombs. The first colonisation of Mayo probably took place during that period." Opening paragraph from Co Mayo An Outline History site
Learn About Ireland Ireland is the second largest island (32,598 sq miles) of the British isles. It is located west of the island of Great Britain. It is separated by the North Channel, the Irish Sea and the St. George's Channel.
Ireland is divided politically into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
St Brendan's Isle Or: Who really discovered Amaeica
Irish History Reports Reports in TXT or RTF format from Information-Ireland
New Zealand Ireland Connection The Irish have contributed significantly to the development of New Zealand society and, today, around 20% of New Zealanders have Irish ancestry.
Michael Collins Web page On 16 October 1890 Michael Collins was born near Sam's Cross, a tiny hamlet in West Cork, named after Sam Wallace, a local highwayman
Athy Heritage Centre WW1 Welcome to the Athy Heritage Centre World War 1 site. This site is a comprehensive guide to World War 1 in Athy with information on all of County Kildare, Ireland including local newspaper reports and a list of men from County Kildare who were killled during the war. Through this site we hope to give some idea of how the Great War impacted on Ireland.
Castles of Galway A collection of photographs and drawings of the Castles of Galway. Not just the famous and well-known castles, but a little limelight for the lesser-known castles of the area.
Curragh of Kildare In 1993 it was decided to form a history group in the Curragh Camp. A meeting was held in the girls primary school in June 1993 and the Curragh Local History Group was formed
Christmas Time in Irish History Interesting snippets of information about Ireland around the months of December, January throughout recent history
Remembering Bloody Sunday On January 30, 1972, soldiers from the British Army's 1st Parachute Regiment opened fire on unarmed and peaceful civilian demonstrators in the Bogside, Derry, Ireland, near the Rossville flats, killing 13 and wounding a number of others. One wounded man later died from illness attributed to that shooting.
Irish History on the Web Irish History on the Web is NOT another "links" page, but instead provides a unique resource for anyone interested in learning about or researching a wide variety of Irish history topics. Like a sourcebook, most of the links found here will lead to primary documents, original essays, bibliographies or specific informational sites, all of which are visited prior to inclusion on this site.
Brehon Law Project

"It is a most interesting site and a very worthwhile project. I wish it continued success." - JOHN BRUTON Leader of Fine Gael. Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland).

Irish law is the oldest, most original, and most extensive of mediaeval European legal systems. It is a unique legal inheritance, an independent indigenous system of advanced jurisprudence that was fully evolved by the eighth century. It is also far less well known than it deserves.

IreAtlas Townland Search This search engine will perform a search of the IreAtlas Townland data base, and return all lines that meet the screening requirements. By entering a Townland and a County, it will return all lines that contain the requested Townland and the requested County. Be aware, this is a VERY LARGE data base. If you only enter a County, the search engine will return EVERY Townland in that County.

Who Were the Celts

The Celts were a group of peoples that occupied lands stretching from the British Isles to Gallatia. The Celts had many dealings with other cultures that bordered the lands occupied by these peoples, and even though there is no written record of the Celts stemming from their own documents, we can piece together a fair picture of them from archeological evidence as well as historical accounts from other cultures.
Lia Fail In St. Edward's Chapel at Westminster Abbey in London, sits an ancient, nondescript wooden chair. Covered with graffiti and worn with age, this chair surrounds and encloses an even more ancient block of sandstone known as the "LIA FAIL" or Coronation Stone of the Scots. For more than a thousand years the kings and queens of England and Scotland have been crowned over this stone and, as the history of IRELAND reveals, the Milesian kings before them
The Titanic Trail Welcome to the Titanic Trail Cobh (Queenstown) Ireland. The Titanic Trail is a fascinating Guided Heritage Tour. It explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. All of the buildings, streets and piers of Cobh town have been architecturally preserved. Join me on a journey that unveils a diversity of Emigrant, Military and Maritime History and reach across the mists of time.
Ireland's History in Maps

History + Geography + Genealogy
With a Special Focus on Ancient and Medieval Irish Families

Chronology Of Ireland Welcome to the Chronology of Ireland - the largest resource of its kind on the Internet - which presents information on people and events connected to Ireland over the past four centuries.
Maudabawn Cultural Centre Maudabawn Cultural Centre, "An Culturlann", set among the drumlins in the Cavan-Monaghan lake district, offers classes, short visits, summer schools and tours based on Irelands rich history culture and heritage. We also have excellent computer and conference facilities.
The History of Dublin Chapters of Dublin History.
Ireland's capital city from early times to the turn of the 20th century, including books, articles, photographs, illustrations and maps
Royal Dublin Fusiliers Assocation As with their English counterparts, Irishmen enlisted for many different reasons. Some joined up for the wage, many others felt a sense of duty or moral obligation and some naively thought it would be an exciting adventure.
Jeanie Johnston Jeanie Johston is Ireland's largest Millennium Year project, costing over IR£6 million to date. The sailing ship, built at a specially constructed visitor shipyard in Blennerville, near Tralee in County Kerry, was moved in early May to Fenit. The barque is an exact lifesize replica of one of Ireland's emigrant "famine" ships, the only one to never lose the life of a passenger.
Welcome Aboard the Jeanie Johnston The Official Website A remarkable historic tall ship is rebuilt
The original Jeanie Johnston was built in Quebec in 1847 and carried Irish emigrants, in famine times, from Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland to the United States and Canada. This incredible ship, which epitomises the spirit of Ireland, has been rebuilt in County Kerry.
Strokestown Park Roscommon. The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine.
Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk Park
(National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland)

Welcome to the Ulster-American Folk Park, an outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

European Quest Gallery Ireland: Why They Left
the Emerald Isle
Story by Blaine Whipple, Photographs by James A. Derheim An excellent site for those looking into family history
Michael Collins

"What is that curling flower of wonder
As white as snow, as red as blood?
When death goes by in flame and thunder
And rips the beauty from the bud.


The Untold Story of the Irish in Canada
New Wexford Stories The History of Wexford Ireland
This History Section is brought to you by CENTRE FOR ADVANCED WELSH AND CELTIC STUDIES
Links to Dublin History on the Web Many of these links refer to specific pages within a site. There is usually more Dublin/Irish information on other pages - it's well worth taking the time to explore.
Irish, British & Australian Surname Database If Irish, British and Australian genealogy is your aim, then  this is the place for surname searches from the following reference sources
The Ireland Story

Travel with us through the history of Ireland!
This site is organised as a directory. Start with the 3 domains below

Towards a Labour History of Ireland An index of articles on the labor history of Ireland. Covers the role of the working class in Irish history and the struggles of trade unions and other radical working class movements
Irish History from Irelandseye From before the arrival of Saint Patrick to the present day Ireland has had a history that could never be called quiet. This section of presents a selection of articles on all aspects of Irish history covering the events and the people that have made an impact on this island
Centre for Irish Genealogical and Historical Studies Directory of Irish Genealogy, A Guide to the National Archives of Ireland etc
Irish Historical Mysteries Newgrange and Knowth, Molly Malone, and more
Irish History Round Table Welcome to the internet home of the Irish History Round Table of New Haven, Connecticut.
Princess Grace Irish Library Monaco The PGIL Author Dataset contains comprehensive biographical & bibliographical information on 4,500 Irish writers, with extracts from their works and commentaries upon them. The PGIL Journals Dataset supplies similar information about serial publications. Both are electronically searchable
Encyclopedia of the Celts  
National Archives of Ireland Guide to sources relating to Ireland and European Unity
Irish History Company

The Irish History Company revives the memory of past personage by promoting the concept of living history. The company provides research on past historical events and lifestyles; offers quality historical costumes to interested groups, heritage sites, individuals or commercial organisations; and provides advisory services on organisation and presentation of period re-enactment.

Ireland Light Body & Soul Built some 5,300 years ago, this holy place is one of the oldest built structures in the world. Known in Gaelic as Uaimh na Gréine, 'the cave of the sun', Newgrange is a pagan monument, with a vaulted roof and a cruciform design. Its history is interwoven with intriguing myths and the mysteries of its construction. The lore of its past calls ever-growing numbers of visitors to this chamber of light. Newgrange is at the centre of an entire Boyne valley megalithic culture and religious ritual.
History Ireland Magazine In depth feature articles based on new research by Ireland's leading historians
Every period of Irish history is brought to life with a broad range of topics in every issue
The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tours IN 1916 a small band of armed insurrectionists declared Ireland a Republic. This event is known as the Easter Rising, a violent battle which resulted in many deaths and the destruction of many parts of Dublin.

Lorcan Collins and Conor Kostick, authors of The Easter Rising will take you to the relevant sites of the rebellion to give you an understanding of this historic occasion which precipitated the formation of the state.
Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association As with their English counterparts, Irishmen enlisted for many different reasons. Some joined up for the wage, many others felt a sense of duty or moral obligation and some naively thought it would be an exciting adventure.
Somme Heritage Centre The centre commemorates the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions in the Battle of the Somme, the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine and provides displays and information on the entire Irish contribution to the First World War. The centre promotes cross-community contact, mutual understanding, an appreciation of cultural diversity, and is a major visitor attraction.
History of Áras an Uachtaráin Áras an Uachtaráin had a colourful history before becoming the Official Residence of the President of Ireland.

Built in 1751Situated in the 1,752 acres of the Phoenix Park near Dublin, the original house was built by Park Ranger Nathaniel Clements. By 1782 it had been acquired for use by the Viceroys who oversaw British rule in Ireland. Clements received £25,000 for the house
Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross This website concentrates on the holders of the Victoria Cross buried in the United Kingdom & Ireland, and the Commonwealth, all in extremely differing circumstances. Some in well-tended churchyards and cemeteries, others in now neglected and overgrown private cemeteries and abandoned churchyards. And sadly, a large number buried in common ground or in pauper's graves, which remain unmarked by a headstone and therefore unrecognised. The circumstances of this latter group is being rectified by a dedicated band of countrywide volunteers determined to get every VC holder's grave marked by a headstone.
Postcards of the 1916 Rising From Island Ireland 
"The images below are all from old unretouched postcards of the 1916 era. Click on any individual set to read commentary and see larger versions of the images."
Index to Dublin Street names How Dublin got it's street names.
History and Museums of Mayo Here you will find links to historical articles related to County Mayo and you can visit the 'Museums of Mayo website' for information on the museums. 

As well as the links there are also many historical articles under the various towns and communities.


Irish Republican Murals N.I Irish Republican Murals from Belfast
Loyalist Murals Loyalist Murals
Bailup Bailup's focus is the 'Kelly Story'. It is our aim to clear up the many misconceptions, not necessarily establish a particular point of view.
Bogside Artists  
Belfast Blitz The city’s mortuary services were also overwhelmed and as a result public baths (on the Falls Road and Peter’s Hill) and a large fruit market (St George’s) had to be improvised to cope with the dead. Emma Duffin, who had served as a nurse near the western front during the First World War, was one of those on duty at St George’s market:
Tom's Irish History Links Just some of his links.  Earliest Civilizations (~6000 BC to 432 AD)
The Rise of the Land of 'Saints and Scholars' (432 AD)
Home Rule, Identity and Cultural Rennaisance ~1850-1915



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