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Millions of Irish family records released on-line today

Important news for anyone interested in researching their Irish ancestors. From today millions of historic personal records will be available on-line, free of charge. The records of births, marriages and deaths are being released by the General Register Office on irishgenealogy.ie. The expanded database includes the Birth Records Indexes from 1864 to 1914, the Marriage Records […]

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Remarkable wooden artefact unearthed at Vindolanda Roman Fort

  Located just to the south of Hadrian’s Wall, in northern Britain, Vindolanda was once an important Roman fort. For the last 45 years it has been subjected to a continuous series of excavations, which have uncovered many thousands of artefacts. What makes these ordinary items extraordinary is the fact they are approaching 2,000 years […]

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Ancient Irish musical history found in modern India

An archaeologist studying musical horns from Iron-Age Ireland has found that musical traditions, which were thought to be long dead, are still alive and well in south India. The realisation that modern Indian horns are almost identical to many iron-age European artefacts reveals a rich cultural link between the two regions 2,000 years ago, said PhD […]

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The Archaeology of 1916

A very interesting new project exploring the 1916 Rising from an archaeological point of view is about to commence in Dublin city. It will see a team of archaeologists, lead by Franc Myles and Professor Aidan O’Sullivan, investigating the legacy of the Easter Rebellion using a range of archaeological survey techniques. It is hoped that this work will […]

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New Discovery Pushes Back Date of Human Existence in Ireland by 2500 years

A remarkable archaeological discovery in a Co. Clare cave has pushed back the date of human existence in Ireland by 2,500 years. This discovery re-writes Irish archaeology and adds an entirely new chapter to human colonisation of the island – moving Ireland’s story into a new era. Radiocarbon dating of a butchered brown bear bone, […]

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Invitation to the Archaeology 2025 Assembly

Do you want to help re-position archaeology in a meaningful way in Ireland’s future? If so, you should think about attending the Archaeology 2025 Assembly. This free event is taking place in the lovely surroundings of the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Thursday, April 7th. It will allow members of the public as well as professionals working […]

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Heritage Council Announces Community Grants Programme

The Heritage Council have just announced that this year it will run a €500,000 community grants scheme as well as supporting 70 full time jobs. Maintaining the community grants initiative has been made possible by the provision of a supplementary estimate of €500,000 by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys in […]

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Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

To celebrate the launch of ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, a new publication by Four Courts Press, I have one copy of the book to give away (see below for entry details). The book launch will take place next week on Thursday 19 November in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and all […]

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