First Tranche of Stories Published from IGRS 80th Anniversary Archive

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we are launching the first tranche of stories from our 80th Anniversary Archive. 

Last year was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 1936. To mark this important milestone we launched a story writing project to collect stories about people’s favourite Irish born ancestors.

Royal Avenue, Belfast

Royal Avenue, Belfast, circa 1900.

Throughout the year, we heard tales from all over the world describing the colourful lives of Irish men and women lived out during the past 300 years. In this first batch of stories to be published, we hear of a soldier gassed in the Great War; an Irish Republican who served in both the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War; a Dublin middle class Protestant widow who brought a case in the Court of Common Pleas against a suitor’s broken marriage proposal; and of a working class Belfast girl who became entangled in the events of the Russian revolution of 1917.

These are just four of the stories among those published which touch on lives lived not just in Ireland, but as far flung as England, Scotland, Malta, America, Canada and Australia. What each shows is that despite the lack of so much primary source material for Ireland, the lives of our ancestors can still be researched and documented.

Click here to read the stories.

Another tranche of stories will be published shortly…so please check back again soon!

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