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WATCH: Dog Pound, a Dublin pub monologue
No longer in the role of Father Jack, the great actor Frank Kelly captures the Irish art of storytelling and the relationship between a regular patron and his barman in this short film Dog Pound.

Mayo Teenager wins Texaco Art prize with hyperrealist pencil portrait
16 year old Claremorris Student, Shania McDonagh, has won the top prize in the 2014 Texaco Children's Art

Brian Boru - the Last Great High King of Ireland
23rd April 2014: 1000 years since the famous Battle of Clontarf...
Brian Boru was no legend although his life deeds were legendary. He was very much a real man and was in fact the last great High King of Ireland and perhaps the greatest military leader the country has ever known.

Irish in Rebellion - The 1916 rising
The 1916 rising is regarded as a seminal moment in Irish history, but it failed to attract popular support at the time.

Prelude to the birth of a nation
The story of the 1916 Easter Rising is writ large in Irish history. But what is often overlooked is the contribution made by Irish communities in England and Scotland in providing many of the insurgents, arms and explosives and then taking part in the actual fighting. DR MICHAEL MAGUIRE investigates.

Witnesses to history
Sackville Street, April 24th, 1916:Dublin is cloaked in an eerie silence. The Easter Rising is an afternoon old: A horse lies dead by Nelson's Pillar.

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Leg of Lamb with Honey-Orange Glaze, Port, and Mint Dressing
by Margaret Johnson

Lamb is also one of Ireland’s most popular meats, and the ways to prepare it seem endless. This flavorful leg of lamb is often reserved for special occasions like Easter, and it’s delicious served with elegant Dauphinoise Potatoes, a make-ahead casserole also known as "scalloped" or "au gratin" potatoes.

Rack of Lamb with Guinness and Mustard

Easter Roast Lamb with a Herbed Crusted Top

Centurion Lamb

Crusty Roast Lamb (Uaineoil faoi chrusta)

Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with Three Sauces

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A Saint Patrick's Day Reflection: What Does it Mean to be "Irish"?
When your specialty is Irish genealogy, you are often confronted with the question of, "How do you define Irish?" This question especially hits me around Saint Patrick's Day when I see a myriad of people wearing green, posting pictures of leprechauns and shamrocks, drinking green beer, and the like.

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:
Beamish, Dunphy

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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