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# ancestry - Monday 15 October, 2018

Doris has had its day, as new research reveals which baby names are going 'extinct' in Ireland

A study of Irish birth records by Ancestry revealed which names have fallen from usage since 1917.

# ancestry - Wednesday 22 August, 2018

Potato stealing and pig theft: The stories of Irish convicts sent to Australia now available online

Many of the people sent from Ireland to Australia for petty crimes “generally weren’t coming home”.

# ancestry - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

After 60 years of friendship, these Hawaiian men have discovered they're brothers

The two childhood friends both researched their parentage separately.

# ancestry - Monday 14 August, 2017

Australia's deputy prime minister may not be eligible for parliament due to dual citizenship

Barnaby Joyce is the latest politician in Australia to fall victim of the obscure citizenship rule.

# ancestry - Thursday 9 February, 2017

Study on ancestry of Irish Travellers details genetic connection to settled community

The research comes as the Irish State is expected to formally recognise Travellers as an ethnic group.

# ancestry - Monday 22 August, 2016

'Garda Pulse system' from the 1800s reveal details of Ireland's most famous Victorian crimes

The digital archive details crimes such as murder, assaults, theft, and bestiality around the country in the 1800s.

# ancestry - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

10 million Irish parish records are now free to search online

The documents show the impact the Great Famine had on Ireland’s population.

# ancestry - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Tell your auntie in Chicago! There's a simple new way to trace your Irish roots

Over 1,086 parish records are now available online and access is free.

# ancestry - Thursday 20 March, 2014

Why did so many Wexford people choose Georgia as their new home in the 1800s?

A new research project is aiming to find out just that…

# ancestry - Sunday 14 April, 2013

Column: So, we have recognised Tom Cruise's Irish roots... where's the harm in that?

Those who are cynical or opposed to the efforts of The Gathering should ask themselves why, says Larry Donnelly who questions what ignites such hostility to seemingly harmless endeavours like that of certificates of Irishness.

# ancestry - Friday 23 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge Conan O'Brien gets in on The Gathering buzz BEGORRAH This post contains videos

Conan O'Brien gets in on The Gathering buzz

He was wearing his green jumper…

# ancestry - Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Column: ‘Gabriel Byrne is wrong – The Gathering is volunteerism at its best’

Why do we always have to knock ordinary people who are trying to rebuild Ireland, writes Eddie Barrett.

# ancestry - Saturday 1 September, 2012

From The Daily Edge 5 things that connect Grace Kelly to Ireland Irish Roots This post contains images

5 things that connect Grace Kelly to Ireland

Following numerous visits to Ireland, this island isn’t keen to let go of its link to the famous Hollywood actress. So much so, Mayo is even giving her a festival.

# ancestry - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Ancestry website to create 50 jobs in Dublin

The US company has chosen Ireland as a base for its international operations, which will be expanded over the next two years.

# ancestry - Monday 18 June, 2012

Michelle Obama shares husband's Irish roots

Part of Michelle Obama’s ancestry has been traced back to Irish immigrants.

# ancestry - Saturday 21 April, 2012

What iconic names are featured in the 1940 USA census? Ancestry This post contains images

What iconic names are featured in the 1940 USA census?

The 1940 USA census gives an insight into life for ordinary Americans – but also the lives of well-known celebrities from that era. We take a look at some of them.

# ancestry - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Poll: Is the 'proof of Irishness' certificate worthwhile? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the 'proof of Irishness' certificate worthwhile?

The government has confirmed that a ‘Certificate of Irish Heritage’ will be available to members of the Irish diaspora from October. What do you think of the move?…

# ancestry - Monday 23 May, 2011

Take 5: Monday

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# ancestry - Thursday 12 August, 2010

THE SIZE of the fortunes left behind by some of Ireland’s most famous sons have been published by an online genealogy website. has published the details of millions of wills, including Irish legends Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, William Butler Yeats and Ernest Shackleton.

The records made available also include those of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

We’ve gone through some the best-known names to give you the details:

Oscar Wilde

Dublin man Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde – better known as Oscar Wilde – remains one of Ireland’s most famous writers. Wilde was also extremely popular during his own lifetime and was paid handsomely for his works, which included The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

But, despite this, he died in diminished circumstances.

Wilde died in November 1900, and while it would be wrong to say that he died “penniless”, he left an estate worth just £250 (€28,000 today ) which, considering his earlier wealth, was a very modest sum. His estate, which he left to his son Vyvyan Beresford Holland, took twenty years to settle.

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats, a poet, dramatist and Nobel Prize winner,was born Co Dublin and was one of the driving forces behind the Irish Literary Revival. He famously penned The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

Yeats left an estate valued at £4,498 14s 2d (worth €267,000 today) to his widow Bertha Georgie Yeats. He died in January 1939,

Charles Stewart Parnell

Wicklow man Charles Stewart Parnell championed the cause of Home Rule for Ireland, was elected as the MP for Co Meath, and entered the House of Commons in London in 1875.

He fell from grace after the details of his seven-year affair with married woman, Kitty O’Shea, were revealed. The pair later married.

In 1891 Parnell – known as the “uncrowned king of Ireland” – left a total of £11,774 7s 3d, which would be the equivalent of €1.3m in today, to his wife, Kitty.
Ernest Shackleton
Ernest Shackleton, born in Kilkea in Co Kildare, was a polar explorer and one of the principle figures involved in what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. He died during his last expedition in 1922.
Shackleton left an estate of £556 2s 2d (the equivalent of around €24,000 today) to his widow, Emily Mary Shackleton.
Bram Stoker

Clontarf-born “Dracula” author Bram Stoker left an estate worth £5,269 12s 7d (€553,000 in today’s values) to his widow, Florence Ann Lemon Stoker after his death in 1012.

Other famous names

  • Author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, left the equivalent of €3.6 million by today’s standards
  • Writer Charles Dickens left the equivalent of €8.5 million
  • British naturalist Charles Darwin left behind a whopping estate worth €15 million
  • Socialist Karl Marx left a much more modest sum, the equivalent of €27,000, to his youngest daughter Eleanor allows registered users a two-week free trial. After that, there is a subscription service, or pay as you go, at a cost of £6.95 for access to 12 documents.