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Obama's immigration plan offers hope for the undocumented Irish in the US
Obama took executive action and announced a new immigration plan which should help millions of undocumented immigrants come of 'out the shadows' and protect them against deportation.

The Picture House - Who wants to come to the Pictures with me?
Paul Butler Lennox, an Irish Filmmaker from Dublin has made a lovely and interesting retrospective documentary on the forgotten "Picture houses" from the perspective of patrons of Ireland's Capital.

Funding will be granted to support Irish emigrants to Australia
Almost €415,000 will be granted to organisations across Australia this year to provide welfare services and support to Irish emigrants, Minister for Diaspora Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan T.D., announced on a 10-day visit to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth to meet members of the Irish community.

The Late Late Toy Show can now be viewed abroad
Are you living abroad? Well now families around the world can watch The Late Late Toy Show live on RTÉ Player this Friday (November 28) at 9:35pm (Irish Standard Time). And even if you miss it live, it will be available to watch for 21 days after it airs.

New Cornwall and Chicago routes announced
United Airlines has announced a new Dublin to Chicago direct daily route to begin in June 2015 and Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, will start operating flights from Dublin to Newquay in Cornwall from May 1, 2015.

Finte Eaglasta Oidhreachtúla na hÉireann (Ireland's Hereditary Ecclesiastical Families)
by Jerry Kelly
Which Irish families saved Western civilization? And made Ireland the ‘Isle of Saints and Scholars’? Are you one of their descendants?

Gleeson brothers in new Squarehead video
Domhnall and Brian Gleeson star in Squarehead's video for their new single '2025' from their recent Respect album. The proceeds from the song to Immaturity for Charity which raises money for St. Francis' Hospice in Raheny, Dublin.

WATCH: Americans watch hurling for the first time
Facts have come up with another video showing Americans watching hurling for the first time. One guy commented "It's like field hockey, except they beat the crap out of each other".

5 Reasons to Be Hopeful About Ireland's Upcoming Rugby World Cup Campaign
by James Wylly
The Rugby World Cup is round the corner and here are 5 reasons why we should all be Optimistic!

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Beef Stew With Stout: Three Ways
by Margaret Johnson

Beef stew laced with stout is a perfect do-ahead dish, especially now that  summers behind us and were back to work and school. While the basic
ingredients are the same, these three versions produce remarkedly different stews. The  first, perhaps the most traditional, braises cubed beef first and follows with  the vegetables, stock, and Guinness. The second uses cubed beef thats been  marinated in Guinness overnight before cooking. The third, more like a beef pie
that a stew, has a soda bread crust. All three are delicious..

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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:
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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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