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Happy Halloween

Despite climate change’s best efforts, the evenings are beginning to draw in.Many people will not be aware that Hallowe’en has its origins in Ireland. It’s changed quite a bit since I was a child in the 1980s but some facets still remain the same. Back then, we dressed up and went to our neighbours’ doors…

International Literacy Day

UNESCO designates 8th September every year as International Literacy Day. It promotes the importance of literacy as a human right. Who among us doesn’t love getting caught up in a great novel? In this modern world, very few activities still require your full attention, we’re always on our phones or something, but reading is still…

Autumn Term At Malahide

It is that time of year. The weather is a teeny bit colder. Conkers are forming on the trees. Kids are going back to school. Adults think about taking an evening course. Well, I just happen to have one. This is my traditional in-person beginner Irish genealogy course in Malahide Community School in beautiful north…

An Olympian in the family

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics ends, I wanted to look back at an early Irish Olympian, who just happens to be a distant cousin. This story starts with two Welsh sisters who married two (unrelated) Irish soldiers. My great-great-grandmother, Margaret Morgan, and her sister Alice, came from a farming family in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Though we’ll…

Update

There’s been a distinct lack of updates & news from me for the last few months. I was finishing a year back in college doing a Masters in the History of the Family at the University of Limerick. It will be a few months before I get results, so it’s time to get back to…

St Patrick’s Day 2021

St Patrick’s Day 2021

As we approach a second St Patrick’s day still beset by a terrible pandemic, albeit with light on the horizon, I wanted to focus on a collection of records that are relevant for our large diaspora. 80 million people around the world claim Irish heritage and half of that number are in the USA. I’ve…