Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Rising ceremony arrangements: Sunday 20 April

The Easter Rising of 1916 will be commemorated by a military ceremony at the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin on Sunday 20 April.

The solemn ceremony, which will be led by the President, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, will involve prayers of remembrance, a reading of the Proclamation and the laying of a wreath by the President. The ceremony will conclude with a fly-past by the Air Corps.

Members of the public are invited to attend and should be in position in the public viewing area outside the General Post Office by 11:15am. Large video screens will be erected on either side of the GPO to relay the ceremony to the public.

Enjoy 24hrs FREE access to Irish Newspaper Archives one day only, the Irish Newspaper Archives is offering free access to its huge database.

The online archive, which holds titles from the 1700s to the present day, has been undergoing a major redevelopment in the last six or seven months. While the site has been upgraded with many new features, scanning of old publications has continued. Among the most recent titles to make their debut on the site are the Dundalk Democrat and Connaught Telegraph, which arrived earlier today (see blogpost).

You can view the publications held in the database via this nifty county-by-county map.

Here are the codes to gain free access until 11am Thursday 17 April:
Login User: freebie16
Password: freebie16

Enjoy yourselves!

Connaught Telegraph and Dundalk Democrat join INA Irish Newspaper Archives (INA) has added two new titles to its database as follows:
  • The Dundalk Democrat has made an entrance with these editions: 1849–1851, 1853–1901, and 1913.
  • The Connaught Telegraph makes its debut with a full spread of editions from 1830 to 1899.
Excellent news for anyone with ancestors from these areas.

(And for the next 24 hours, you can even search these new publications for free... see blogpost for details.)

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: Mid-April update

Here's an update from IGP-Archives of the files added in the first 15 days of the month:

CARLOW Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added

DUBLIN Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Deansgrange Cemetery, St. Patrick's Section, pt 16

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Church Records
Kilskeery (CofI) Marriages 1778-1849
Deaths recorded Kilskeery C.of I. 1796-1897

FERMANAGH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
Derrylin, Kinawley Parish Church (CoI)

KILDARE Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added

MAYO Genealogy Archives - Photos
OWENS family from Ballaghdereen

WICKLOW Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Additional Memorial Cards added

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Genes Reunited discounts subs by 20% for Easter

Genes is offering a 20% discount on new Platinum or Standard subscriptions purchased between now and the end of the month. Depending on the subscription you select, the discount will save you up to £15.99

To take up the offer, go to the Genes Reunited subscriptions page, choose your preferred subscription and enter the promotion code GENES20 when confirming your puchase.

The offer expires at 23:59hrs on Wednesday 20 April.

TV channel for Irish Diaspora to launch in May

IrishTV is planning to launch a 24/7 television channel aimed at Ireland's diaspora on 1 May. The new channel will target the diaspora in Canada, the USA, Britain and Europe and will broadcast on Sky 191, Freesat400 and (in the US) PBS. It will also be online at

Broadcasting around the clock, IrishTV will screen 50 home-produced programmes every week, with original content from 6pm to midnight every evening. Among its flagships will be Out & About and County Matters. The latter will give each of the 32 counties of Ireland a 30-minute slot covering farming, property, history, finance, culture, traditions, rural life, sport... you name it. Each county will be able to showcase its stories to an international audience in a dedicated timeslot.

Speaking to Irish Genealogy News yesterday afternoon, IrishTV's Mark Dempsey directed me to a film, viewable from the company's existing online presence, of a visit to Norrth Tipperary Genealogy & Heritage Centre, featuring genealogist Nora O'Meara, which you can see here in its short form, or here (at 46 minutes) as part of an Out &About episode based on the area.

Battle of Clontarf: an exhibition and two websites

The 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf has inevitably and quite rightly seen a flurry of lectures, conferences, festivals etc crop up in my weekly events listings. With Good Friday almost upon us, here are a couple more projects to enjoy and continue the discovery.

Emperor of the Irish Exhibition
This important medieval milestone is being celebrated in the Long Room of Trinity College Dublin in a unique exhibition that presents the only item known to have been in Brian Boru's presence: the famous 9th-century decorated manuscript known as the Book of Armagh.

The exhibition also includes some of the Library’s greatest medieval Irish treasures such as the Book of Leinster and the Brian Boru harp. Also displayed is a collection of outstanding large-scale graphics designed by Cartoon Saloon (producers of the Academy Award nominated animated film The Secret of Kells), which has been inspired by the exhibition’s themes.

In the popular imagination Clontarf was the culmination of a long war between Viking invaders/settlers and the most powerful of all Irish kings. The historical reality was not so simple, of course, and both the history and the legend of Brian are examined in the exhibition.

The exhibition has a dedicated website, Emperor of the Irish, which is arranged thematically.

Battle of Clontarf website
Created by a team of medieval historians and computer specialists at Trinity College Dublin, the Battle of Clontarf website aims to give students and the public access to historical and archaeological information and resources on one of the most emblematic battles in Irish history.

It sets the battle in its social context, exploring daily life in Viking Age Ireland, and examines the rivalries between the key players in the battle. It features dynamic interactive maps to allow investigation of Viking raids, settlement development, Brian Boru’s military campaigns and what happened on Good Friday, 23 April 1014. There's also a timeline to follow, which shows the different challenges Brian had to overcome in order to become high-king of Ireland.

An important section of this website also explores the many different ways in which Brian and the battle have been remembered in the thousand years since it occurred.

More events related to the Battle of Clontarf anniversary can be seen at the official events website.