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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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Lost Babies: Catholic Ireland's adoption trade of illegitimate children
Philomena journalist Martin Sixsmith reports on the tragic consequences of the adoption trade of illegitimate children by the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Bog Body Discovery at Rossan Bog, Co Meath
Archaeological human remains were discovered in a Co. Meath bog last weekend. The discovery was reported to the National Museum of Ireland by Bord Na Mona workers at Rossan bog.

"Home is where the Heart is": Support needed for people who wish to return home
The main message that emerged from the NYCI Conference on Return Migration, 'Home is where the Heart is' is that now the economy is starting to show signs of recovery, the Govermnent must begin considering strategies to facilitate and encourage return migration in the future.

Review: U2's Songs of Innocence
by Rich Rennicks
By now, most people know that last week U2 unexpectedly dropped their new album, Songs of Innocence, on the world. The surprise was that it was released for free to anyone with an iTunes account. A free U2 album? Yes, please! But, after the hype has settled, is it any good?

VIDEO: Dunphy and Giles throw shapes in Cadbury Ad
Eamon Dunphy and John Giles look like their having fun in the recent #FreeTheJoy Cadbury ad. The famous pair known for their football punditing skills show their lighter side by dancing to 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie'.

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.

Tell Your Story
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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.

More expert Irish Genealogy Advice

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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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