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Do you want to visit Ireland? Now you can - from your computer
Wannabe tourists can now virtually visit many of Ireland's top tourist attractions and the inside of historic buildings without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Derry teenager's reaction to cold weather in funny UTV interview
"Ye wouldn't be long getting frost bit" - The interview with this Derry teenager has gone viral with over 1.5 millions views on YouTube.

Emily And Jack most popular names on passports for children under three.
Emily and Jack remain the most popular names on passport applications for infants in Ireland, according to the Passport Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Spectacular drone footage of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland
SkycamIreland uploaded their best shots from around Wicklow during 2014 and their video captures the stunning beauty of the county, commonly known as the garden of Ireland.

One second of every day of 2014 gives insight into life of Leitrim girl
Edwina Guckian posted a video entitled 'A Year in my Shoes' on Youtube, a 365 day record of her life in 2014 in one second clips. She decided to capture her life this way so she to look back and appreciate the year that past.

New Epic | Dublin video about the history of the great St Stephen's Green

President of Ireland offers condolences to families of Paris victims
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the shootings in Paris earlier today. I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the families of all those bereaved and affected by today's tragedy, including the two police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. "

629,446 passports issued in 2014

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued 629,446 passports in 2014 by , with May and June the busiest months for passport applications. 82,564 passports were issued in May 2014; 76,314 were issued in June 2014

1,650 Irish citizens assisted abroad in 2014
Irish embassies and consulates abroad, as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assisted almost 1,650 Irish citizens in 2014 following serious consular emergencies, including deaths, arrests, accidents, child abductions and hospitalisations. The Department provided consular assistance to the families of 217 people who died while abroad.

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Zucchini (Courgette) And Leek Soup

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Winner of the January-December 2014 FlyAway competition

Orla Dempsey, user orlasay has won the FlyAway competition for 2 round-trip flights to Ireland from select cities, sponsored by Aer Lingus.

Unfortunately, the FlyAway competition is closed for the moment while we look for a new sponsor.

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:
Gibbons, Wiggins, Smyth, Breaden, Bradon, Sheedy

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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