Lionel Logue, the Australian actor who played King George's speech therapist is believed to have family connections to St Brigids and that his ancestors lived in Stillorgan.
If you are serious about starting a family tree then take a look at the booklet produced by the National Library of Ireland. Here' a brief intro.
Best of luck, hope to see you all Saturday 2nd Feb
Your research begins with you and your immediate family. Ask questions of family members you think might know a little bit more about your family history. Consult old photographs on which names and dates may be noted, newspaper clippings, old letters, family Bibles as well as family gravestones. Try to establish approximate dates (of births, marriages and deaths) as well as names (forenames and related family names) and places of residence. This information will point the way to relevant records. Religious denomination is also important in determining which records are relevant to your research.
Begin with census records and civil recordsAlthough a census of the Irish population was taken every ten years from 1821 to 1911, the earliest complete surviving Census is for 1901. The 1901 and 1911 Census are both fully searchable online, free of charge on theNational Archives website.
State registration of all non-Catholic marriages in Ireland began in 1845. In 1864, civil registration of all births, marriages and deaths commenced. These records are held at the General Register Office in Dublin. An index to records of civil registration in Ireland from 1845 to 1958 is available on theFamily Search website.
If you are starting out on the ancestral trail we recommend that you read our information booklet Family History Research: Sources at the NLI (0 MB, Adobe PDF), or visit our Genealogy Advisory Service which offers free advice on resources for tracing your family history.
Online "Irish History Day" launched with 21 million birth, marriage and death records released - Irish Central
Family historians will be able to access 21 million birth, marriage, and death records free of charge, on Thursday 24th of January.
Findmypast.ie based in Dublin, at the heart of Irish family history are hosting the inaugural “Irish History Family Day," to celebrate the launch of the records online.
The family history website will publish records covering the island of Ireland from the 1800’s right up to the 1950’s. Findmypast.ie carries the most detailed and throrough collection of records ever seen in one place.
Cliona Weldon, General Manager at findmypast.ie, said: “The addition of 21 million new birth, marriage and death records to our website on “Irish Family History Day” means we will now have more than 60 million Irish records on our website – including census and parish records – for people to easily navigate and discover their past, no matter where they are in the world. There has never been a better time for people to explore and discover the details of the lives of their Irish ancestors.”Births, marriages and deaths are central events in peoples’ lives, people researching their family history can use these records to develop their family tree. Findmypast.ie provides a fascinating insight into Ireland’s history and it makes Irish family research much more easier and accessible than ever before.They are also a proud partner of The Gathering Ireland, which is a year-long celebration in 2013 of Ireland and all things Irish.
“With so much attention on Ireland due to The Gathering Ireland, our website will prove a very useful source for the many millions of people with Irish ancestry around the world,” said Weldon.
Findmypast.ie works with all the major stakeholders in Irish genealogy, such as Eneclann, the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. They also have an international reach through the findmypast family of sites.
www.Ireland.com with some thoughts from Turtle Bunbury
From Ireland to the world: an island’s secret success stories It’s estimated that 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, and as historian and writer Turtle Bunbury discovered through his Wistorical project, some of them are very famous indeed
"The thing about the Irish is that we get absolutely everywhere. From the Arctic Circle to the jungles of South America, from New York to New Delhi, Australia to Zanzibar … there’s an Irish twist in every instance.
The extraordinary impact of the Irish upon this globe became apparent to me during a 15-year stint I spent as a travel writer. Admittedly, some places were stretching their "Irish connection" – I recall an Irish pub in Cambodia whose "Irish" credentials boiled down to a tattered Tricolour draped over the door, and a half bottle of Jameson on the back bar – but, nonetheless, the links to the green isle that I discovered during that time were far and wide.
During the year of The Gathering Ireland, the time is ripe to explore Ireland’s effect on the globe.
Ever since I launched Wistorical at the end of November 2012, I’ve been astounded by the sheer volume of tales about the brave, brilliant and frequently bonkers people of Ireland, or of Irish origin, who have stood out from the ranks and made a difference to this world.
Barack Obama and George Clooney are both descended from those who upped and left Ireland shortly after the Great Famine. Barack Obama’s Irish ancestors include a wig-maker and a shoemaker, while George Clooney’s forebears were stonemasons connected to the Ormond Slate Quarry near Tullahought" for full report:-