The only cast-iron rule of family history is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more. Take your granny and work back from her.

There has never been a better time to research Irish family history. A revolution in access to Irish genealogical records has taken place over the pas(...)

Lead author Edmund Gilbert of the RCSI says the research shows Ireland acts as a sink of Celtic ancestry, with its genetically closest continental European population lying in the Breton region in northwestern France. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The next time a Cork man tells you he’s from the People’s Republic, or a Kerryman declares that he is from the Kingdom and is, therefore, special, pay(...)

Shane Ross was responding to a strongly-worded attack on the company in the Dáil  Richard Boyd Barrrett. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The transfer of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company to local authority control is taking too long, Minister for Transport and Tourism Shane Ross has sai(...)

Newly elected Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: ‘My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two Fine Gael politicians who lost their Dáil seats in the general election have been elected to the Seanad. Former TDs Kieran O’Donnell and Gabriel(...)

Dún Laoghaire pier: festival will include exhibitions, a genealogy village, traditional music, embassy celebrations, a concert and a parade.

Several thousand visitors are expected in Dún Laoghaire this week for an international festival of flags. The Bratacha Festival, opening (...)