My great-grandmother, aged 18 and standing tall

We define ourselves largely in relation to our family, even – or perhaps especially – when that family isn’t one we feel part of. Whether you adore(...)

Now that the dust has settled on the launch of the National Library’s Catholic parish registers site (registers.nli.ie), it’s worth reflecting on what(...)

 British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott (centre) with Carole Budd Cullen, grand-daughter of Charles Budd, and Brian Meyer, grand-cousin of Frank Meyer - both holding  photographs of their relatives from the exhibition ‘Portraits of the Invisible’. Photograph: Eric Luke 3:51

A new exhibit launched Wednesday in the National Photographic Archive seeks to commemorate the contributions of the Irish in the First World War. The(...)

  Ciara Kerrigan,  project manager of the National Library’s digitisation of parish registers, showing the new website to  Enda Kenny and Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An online resource for researching family history from the 18th and 19th centuries will prompt a wave of genealogical tourists to visit Ireland in the(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys will  launch online the entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People of Irish Catholic ancestry will be able to trace their origins back almost 300 years online from Wednesday. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister (...)

National Library: the woman said that in October 2011 she was walking on Kildare Street when she was struck by the banner. She said she still suffers pain in her hand. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

A banner fell off a flagpole at the National Library in Dublin and struck a passing saleswoman, the Circuit Civil Court was told TuesdayTracey Curran (...)

Irish Roots

I recently had a hands-on trial of the prototype of the promised National Library of Ireland Roman Catholic parish register microfilm website. It was (...)

Sarah Costigan, Director of Development, and Joanna Perry, (left) curator of the exhibition, with a self portrait of Christy Brown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times 1:24

Since the film My Left Foot became an Oscar-winning sensation 25 years ago, the real Christy Brown has become obscured by the fictional one played by (...)

A sample of the photos on exhibit at The Cobh Credit Union Lusitania Centenary Photographic Collection in Cobh, Co. Cork from Sunday 26 April 2015. The exhibition comprises of over sixty striking images, mostly taken in Cobh in the aftermath of the Lusitania tragedy. The A.H. Poole Lusitania collection was digitised from glass plates held in the National Library of Ireland and has never been seen collectively in the 100 years since the photographs were taken. For more see www.visitcorkcounty.com/Lusitania100Cork. Image courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

A unique exhibition of photographs of survivors of the sinking of RMS Lusitania has opened in Cobh as part of a series of events to mark the centenar(...)

A commemoration parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising passes the GPO in Dublin city centre in 2006. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 7:08

A year-long Easter Rising commemorative programme with the emphasis on remembrance and reconciliation has been unveiled by the Government. The program(...)