Hi .. I too started out of a simply family research when my father in 2007 asked me to try to find his ancestors. That was thirteen years ago and although my father has passed away I am still researching and writing. In other words, it becomes addictive.
I cannot help you directly as I am also struggling with the Irish genealogy. But it is a slow process. Persistence and patients are required, not my strong points unfortunately. Good luck and happy hunting.