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Win a Signed Sean Kelly RaceKit
Enter here for your chance to take home a signed RaceKit by pro cycling legend Sean Kelly.  Sean a former Irish professional road bicycle racer and one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s and one of the finest classic riders of all time.  From turning professional in 1977 until his retirement in 1994, he won nine monument classics, and 193 professional races in total.  Competition ends 18th October, 2014.
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Trace Your Irish Ancestors With Irish Roots Magazine!
Irish Abroad members can download the curren issue of Irish Roots magazine for just $1.99 (usual price $3.99). Irish Roots magazine is dedicated entirely to Irish ancestral research. Irish Roots magazine is a powerful resource tool for all those endeavouring to trace their elusive Irish ancestors, overcome the brick walls ever present in Irish genealogy and have some fun along the way.

Minister Charlie Flanagan on the death of Dr Ian Paisley
Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley has died aged 88

Statement by President Michael D. Higgins - Dr Ian Paisley/Lord Bannside
President Higgins said today:"I have heard with sadness of the passing of Dr Ian Paisley and on behalf of Sabina and myself, I would like to express to his wife Eileen and to his family our deepest sympathy.

Help us in Saving Grace
by Saving Grace
Grace Kenneally is a nine year old Galway girl who has just a 4% chance of survival if she stays in Ireland and continues to receive the treatment available here. Grace was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive children's cancer, when she was just five years old. Grace is fighting this disease for the third time and the only option in Ireland is to give her the same treatment again and again.

Apple's surprise giveaway of U2 new album "Songs of Innocence"
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Bono then surprised everyone by announcing that U2s new album "Songs of Innocence" is available for free on the iTunes Stores through to October 13th, as a gift from Apple.

Radio Athlone Calling.
by Martin Hanley
The following is an effort to save Radio Athlone. This documentary shows how important Radio Athlone was to the people of Ireland.

Noble tells story of the incredible Mama Tina
The film Noble tells the true story of the amazing Christina Noble who set up the The Christina Noble Children's Foundation to serve oppressed and marginalized children, mainly in Vietnam and Mognolia.

Importance of GAA in Supporting Emigrants
Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, to highlight the importance of the GAA to Irish communities abroad during a discussion on emigration at the Kennedy Summer in New Ross.

Tell Your Story
All you have to do is login to IrishAbroad (remember it's free), go to and click the 'Add a new Post' link in the left hand menu.

Please remember that Blogs are for writing stories, features, articles, recipes or diaries. They should not be used for posting questions or discussions.

Apples, Apples Everywhere
by Margaret Johnson

Food historian and cookbook author Theodora Fitzgibbon once said, "All Irish people have a very sweet tooth," and if you grew up in an Irish household you know this to be true. In earliest times, the sweet would have been a simple concoction of fruit and honey; later, cooks found that fruit and berries were equally delicious baked in pies, puddings, and cakes. Legendary Irish cook Myrtle Allen of Ballymaloe House, County Cork, says, "Homemade apple cakes are the most popular sweet in Ireland," and apples in general are the basis of a great many traditional and contemporary Irish desserts. Thanks to the wide variety of apples available in today's market, an apple "sweet" can be a daily affair.

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Register your Irish Family name or Surname >>
or share information if your name is already listed
This family register is where people can find and share information about their family name or ancestors.

Some surnames added/requested this week:
Greaney, Zealey, Ferguson, Erinna

Let us know if you've added a query or need your name added and we'll list it here. Email

Irish Citizenship by Descent
Did you know that if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, you may be able to obtain Irish citizenship? The Republic of Ireland does grant citizenship to applicants who can prove their descent from a grandparent born in Ireland.

Making a Research Trip To Ireland
If you plan to visit Ireland, I would encourage you to consider making a genealogical odyssey part of your experience of this beautiful and historical island.

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Old times
by Sam C Dyer


Photos of Ireland
by Gerry Molumby

Fox Military Family

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Winner of the June-December 2013 Aer Lingus FlyAway competition
Lisa Flanagan, flanagan, has won the FlyAway competition for 2 round-trip flights to Ireland from select cities.

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