Meghan Markle received research from the Irish Family History Centre while visiting Dublin last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John FitzGerald Kennedy was raised to take pride in his Irish roots. In August 1947, the newly elected congressman stayed at Lismore Castle in Co Wate(...)

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Dublin this week, Catherine Nash asks, why the need to trace her Irish roots? Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“In the time I’ve been gone, a lot has happened in Ireland. The country has changed. And so have I. I take great pride in being Irish, even more in be(...)

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, attends a reception at Glencairn, the residence of  British Ambassador to Ireland Robin Barnett on Tuesday. Photograph: Geoff Pugh/Reuters

It will probably not surprise many people that genealogists have been at work in finding Irish ancestral connections for Meghan Markle to coincide wit(...)