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  • Dick Eastman is wrong

    September 26, 2016 @ 2:33 pm | by John Grenham

    ? Or right?

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  • Punch drunk

    September 18, 2016 @ 6:10 pm | by John Grenham

    This is ridiculous. Even more wonderful, completely free records from the National Archives of Ireland. The conga-lines are becoming exhausting

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  • Welcome to the Promised Land

    September 12, 2016 @ 12:14 pm | by John Grenham

    The new GRO record-images? There should be conga-lines of genealogists dancing down O’Connell Street.

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  • Nobody went from Ireland to America

    September 5, 2016 @ 12:05 pm | by John Grenham

    Nobody ever left Ireland just to go to America. Pat Naughton left Ballinasloe to go to his cousin John in Roxbury, Boston. James McCurdy went from Rathlin to Lubec, Maine, for a job promised by his mother’s uncle. Father Bud Sullivan brought rakes of other Sullivans out from Allihies to work for Marcus Daly in the copper mines of Butte, Montana.

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  • A high chiefs-to-Indians ratio

    August 15, 2016 @ 10:08 am | by John Grenham

    Why we’re all descended from kings, if only we could prove it …

  • Coca-Cola hurt my self-esteem

    July 18, 2016 @ 1:50 pm | by John Grenham

    Whinging about globalisation is part of my stock-in-trade: A trans-national corporation stole my lunch money; Coca-Cola hurt my self-esteem. You get the idea.

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  • “I’ll go to your funeral if you come to mine”: Why Irish funerals matter so much

    July 4, 2016 @ 4:23 pm | by John Grenham

    At 9 am this morning, I got a note from a neighbour telling me that Vera from across the road had died suddenly and the funeral was at 10 am. So at 10 am, I was at a funeral mass with several hundred others, in my best sober shirt and tie.

    I’d known Vera distantly for 15 years and spoken to her (weather only) maybe a dozen times. She seemed a perfectly nice person, with a passion for her front garden, but I never got to know her in any but the most superficial way.

    So why did I drop everything at twenty minutes notice and hare off to her funeral? Because in Ireland a funeral trumps everything.

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  • Why you couldn’t be reading this

    May 25, 2016 @ 10:13 am | by John Grenham

    I’ve always had a liking for the paradox of Eubulides, now nearly three millennia old. He simply said: “What I am saying now is a lie.” If he was telling the truth, then he was lying, in which case he was telling the truth. And so on, round and round.

    You can’t help the sneaking suspicion Eubulides’ granny was a Murphy.

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  • The Real Irish Genealogical Housewives of Orange County

    May 18, 2016 @ 9:45 am | by John Grenham

    Another breathless dispatch from the front line of the high-fashionista world of Irish genealogy.

    Last week I got a call from the producers of ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’. Really. They were in Ireland filming, and needed an emergency genealogist. One of their housewives had Irish ancestry, could I whip up her family tree and get back to them in 10 minutes?

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  • Epic Ireland: not the paddywhackiest of paddywhackery

    May 2, 2016 @ 12:43 pm | by John Grenham

    On Saturday I loaded up on all the scepticism I could muster and headed down for a sneak preview of the Epic Ireland visitor attraction in the CHQ building on Dublin’s Custom House Quay. (Full disclosure: the reason for the invite is that the Family History Centre attached to Epic has licensed some of the software from my site)

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