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Win a signed print by Jim Fitzpatrick

Trad for Trócaire are offering a signed print 'THE CHILDREN OF LIR - THE ENCHANTMENT' by Jim Fitzpatrick, an Irish artist famous for his celtic art and his iconic portrait of Che Guevara.

One of the three great 'Sorrowful Tales' of Irish storytelling, the Fate of the Children of Lir is probably the best-known of all our legends.

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Get tuned up for 'Trad for Trócaire' on St. Patrick's day

Across the country musicians are brushing off their bodhráns, fine-tuning their fiddles and polishing their uilleann pipes in the lead up to Trad for Trócaire which takes place this year from the 14th of March - 17th March 2015...just in time for St. Patrick’s day!

It's a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish story of the Great War
If you have an interest in the Irish involvement in World War I, a web exhibition titled 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary: An Irish story of the Great War' is a great resource.

Support The Corrigan Family Memorial Fund
On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Sean Corrigan, loving husband and father of three, died as the result of a tragic accident. While clearing snow off a warehouse roof, he fell through the skylight.

Irish film 'Spider's Trap' wins award at The Indiefest Film Awards in LA
Irish film noir 'Spider's Trap', written and directed by Alan Walsh and produced by Bootstrap Films Ltd and Blackhorse Film Productions, has won the Award For Excellence at The Indiefest Film Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Sorrow in the Irish American community at the passing of Don Keough
Irish American businessman Donald Keough passed away on February 24th and will be a great loss to the Irish community in the United States. Ireland knows him as the man who brought Coca-Cola to Ireland.

Annual exodus of Ministers for St. Patrick's Day
27 ministers will be be leaving to promote Ireland this St. Patrick's Day. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will visit the US and will have a series of engagements, including meeting with President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and other Senate and Congress representatives, as part of the St. Patrick's Day events in Washington.

Amazing opportunity with Irish-international food industry
Do you or anyone you know want to become a food marketing expert? Bord Bia and UCD Smurfit School are looking for 30 professionals to take part in two scholarship masters programmes that combine classroom learning with overseas assignments with leading Irish food/drink companies.

Colosseum and the Sacré-Cœur to go Green for Global Greenings 2015
This year will see the Colosseum in Rome and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in the fabled district of Montmartre going green for the first time thanks to the efforts of the Embassies of Ireland in Rome and Paris in securing the 'greening'. Other sites going green for the first time include the Ada Bridge in Belgrade, Serbia and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

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pancakesSeafood chowder with potato and spring onions
By Paul and Jeanne Rankin

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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:
Culkin, Pigeon, Donohoe, Herndon

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

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.


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