Monday, September 16, 2013

Find My Past Ireland launches Irish Newspaper Collection

Giving us some extra searching incentive, this morning I received the following press release from FindMyPast Ireland:

For immediate release

Find your ancestors in historical Irish newspapers

Titles covering all four provinces of Ireland

Articles dating from 1820-1926

Leading Irish family history website, has launched its Irish Newspapers Collection, making almost 2 million historical Irish newspaper articles available to search on the website.

Digitised from the collections of the British Library, the Irish newspapers collection on is a rich resource for genealogists in search of their Irish roots.

The collection features 6 newspaper titles (both national and local) covering areas in Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster namely; The Belfast Morning News, The Belfast Newsletter, The Cork Examiner, The Dublin Evening Mail, The Freeman’s Journal and The Sligo Champion.

Different dates are covered by each title ranging from pre-Famine era right up until post-Irish independence in 1926. For family historians, the newspapers contain valuable entries like advertisements, obituaries and letters to the editor which help to paint a picture of what local and national life would have been like in Ireland hundreds of years ago.

Cliona Weldon, General Manager of, said, “We are delighted with the addition of Irish titles to our collection of British and World newspapers on The Irish newspapers allow us to really bring to life the happenings in our country all the way back to the Great Irish Famine and beyond. Whether you are searching for an ancestor in a local paper or simply interested in how the big news stories of the day were reported, you will no doubt uncover some fascinating facts.”

Overall date coverage for each of the newspapers is as follows:
The Belfast Morning News – 1857-1882
The Belfast Newsletter – 1828-1900
The Cork Examiner - 1841-1926
The Dublin Evening Mail – 1849-1871
The Freeman’s Journal – 1820-1900
The Sligo Champion - 1836-1926

This collection is also accessible on all findmypast international sites through a World subscription.

To find out if your ancestors were making headlines visit



  1. Sligo is not that far from where my mother comes from, must check it out.

  2. This collection sounds great! By the way Jenn, some of your blog posts don't show up in my reading list. This one did but the one about Tom didn't and the one before that.

    1. It does sound good. Thanks Charlotte for letting me know. Someone emailed me about it last week, and I think I have straightened out the problem, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.



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