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Toast by President of Ireland at Windsor Castle
"However long it may have taken, Your Majesty, I can assure you that this first State Visit of a President of Ireland to the United Kingdom is a very visible sign of the warmth and maturity of the relationship between our two countries. It is something to be truly welcomed and celebrated."

Singing priest surprises bride and groom with special version of Hallelujah
Father Ray Kelly, a priest in County Meath, surprised two newlyweds Chris and Leah O’Kane with a personalised version Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.

President Higgins at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster
On the first day of this State Visit, I have been graciously and warmly welcomed by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, and I have come to this place from a poignant and uplifting visit to Westminster Abbey. I am greatly honoured to be the first President of Ireland to address you in this distinguished Palace of Westminster.

President Higgins offers condolences to Geldof family
Following the death of Peaches Geldof, President Higgins offered his sympathies to the Geldof family.

Rare geep (hybrid goat-sheep) born to a ewe in Kildare
Two weeks ago, a rare hybrid of goat-sheep, also known as a 'geep', was born to a ewe owned by farmer and publican Paddy Murphy, from Kildare.

WATCH: An Astronaut's Guide to Ireland
Retired ISS Commander Chris Hadfield has featured in four promotional videos by Tourism Ireland. Canadian astronaut Hadfield became Ireland's adopted spaceman when he tweeted many picture of Ireland from space, dressed up in a green bow tie and green jumper for St. Patrick's Day, and sang Danny Boy from the space station.

Calling all O’Meachairs / Mahers / Meaghers / Marrs / Meachars to Come on Home!
On 22nd and 23rd August 2014, a two-day celebration of the ancient O’Meachair clan and their traditional homeland, the Barony of Ikerrin, will be held.

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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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