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Most Corkmen know a lot; but this one knew everything. I tried many times to catch him out on some bit of esoteric information but it was no use. Invariably he was ready for me, and whether it was some abstruse point in Canon Law, the history of the Babylonian civilisation, the multifarious uses of the Soya Bean, or even how to make drisheens, he could hold forth for a couple of hours and never become boring.

Robert Maire Smyllie
Carpathian Days- and Nights

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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish local history and genealogy.
LOCAL HISTORY SITES
Athenry (County Galway)

Ballyclare Historical Society (County Antrim, Six Mile Valley...)

Carrick on Suir (County Tipperary)

Cavan County Museum (Pighouse Collection...)

Clare County Library (Craggaunowen, West Clare Railway, costume, famine, Cromwell, the Little Ark of Kilbaha...)

Clogher Historical Society (Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone Louth, Donegal...)

County Mayo (famine, land war...)

County Tipperary Historical Society

Cruithni (Ulster history, hunter-gatherers, Neolithic farming, Bronze Age Celts, Vikings, Normans, Tudor conquest, Apprentice Boys, Siege of Derry...)

Dingle (County Kerry, mesolithic, stone age, bronze age, iron age, Viking, early Christian...)

Chapters of Dublin History (houses, neighbourhoods, suburbs, city, archives, online history texts, memoirs...)

Dungarvan Museum (County Waterford)

Glens of Antrim Historical Society (County Antrim)

Limerick's Life (history and folklore of Limerick city)

Mallow Historical Society (County Cork)

Mayo Memorial Peace Park (honouring the memory of all those from Mayo who served and died in all wars worldwide)

Nothern Ireland Place Name Project

Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Wexford History

Visit the TOWNS & VILLAGES PAGE for other local sites that often include historical background and genealogical information.
GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY
Tiara (The Irish Ancestral Research Association), based in Massachusetts, provides an immense amount of useful information and links. Their excellent website, maintained by Denis Aherne, will help make sense out of the tidal wave of information available on the Internet to family history researchers.
GENERAL SITES:

RootsWeb.com

The Ireland Geneaology Project at RootsWeb (information on all counties in Ireland)

The Genealogy Home Page

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Family Tree Magazine

GENUKI (Genealogy UK and Ireland)

PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

National Archives of Ireland

Interment.net (some online cemetery records for Ireland)

SITES FOR SPECIFIC AREAS:

Ulster Historical Foundation

North of Ireland Family History Society

Ballykilcline Genealogy & History (County Roscommon)

Fermanagh Gold

Leitrim-Roscommon Genealogy Home Page

The Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Desperately Seeking Castlebar (Mayo) Relations

Al Beagan's Genealogy Notes on County Cavan

Ros Davies' County Down Ireland Research Site

Norris Taylor explains what is meant by the term 'Scotch-Irish'.
IRISH HERALDRY & COATS OF ARMS
Bruce Miller of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) provides a Grammar of Blazonry, a very useful article and guide to the peculiar and special lingo of heraldic blazons.

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