How the Irish soccer teams tap in to the diaspora

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SINCE its first game representing the newly-independent state in 1924, the Irish soccer team has become one of its most recognisable symbols internationally.

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How the IFHC discovered Joe Biden and Rob and Dave Kearney were long-lost cousins

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Family ties established between former US vice-president and Leinster and Ireland rugby stars, writes Fiona Fitzsimons

THE former US vice-president Joe Biden and David Joseph Donald Kearney,...

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How Moneygall gave birth to the President of the United States

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The American President Barack Obama’s great-great-great grandfather was Falmouth Kearney. The name is an unusual one in Ireland, and it represents intermarriage of families from two different...

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Continental drift for Princess Charlene’s many Irish ancestors

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PRINCESS Charlene of Monaco’s Irish ancestors were entrepreneurs, merchant princes who built family connections between Europe, America, India and Africa.

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Sowing the seeds for your child’s family tree

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Don’t teach them — learn with them, and you’ll all have fun, says Claire Murray

Getting children engaged in family history sounds daunting, especially when it’s assumed that kids have no interest...

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Tom Cruise, Baron of Hollywood, hails from north county Dublin

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Did you know Hollywood star Tom Cruise can trace his Irish ancestry to medieval knights and ancient Irish kings? The Cruise name is from the Anglo-Norman de Cruis family, who in 1176 arrived in...

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Communities nationwide tapping into the Ireland XO Community

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Site enables people link with Diaspora, writes Laura Colleran

IRELAND Reaching Out enables local communities to connect and engage withpeople around the world who are descendants of people from...

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Resources to help you with your genealogy research

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There are so many archives and databases available to you that can help you unearth new discoveries in your Irish family history. Here we outline some of the best, and got our colleagues to write...

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Exploring identity, expression and family history at the IFHC

Students are getting help from the experts at the Irish Family History Centre, writes Claire Murray

THE Irish Family History Centre has a strong commitment to education — whether it involves...

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What’s in a surname? Quite a lot, actually...

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While some surnames have fallen out of use, others can be traced back centuries, says Dr Paul MacCotter

Ireland has, arguably, the oldest surname system in Europe. This, of course, relates to...

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