The Irish Ancestry of President Joe Biden

Like many refugees throughout history who have made the unenviable decision to flee catastrophe in their homeland, the one million Irish men, women and children who fled the devastation wrought by the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s could not have known what their future held. The flight from Ireland persisted for decades with […]

Tenants in Moville Civil Parishes, Donegal: 1823-26

Small Sources No. 79.  Rentals are the records of the landlord on the holdings and payments of their tenants. This rental lists 198 tenants of an estate in the Civil Parishes of Moville Upper and Lower, Co. Donegal.  These parishes are on the eastern side of the Inishowen peninsula. The identity of the estate owner […]

How early loss shaped the remarkable life of Philomena Lee.

The recently published report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has shocked Ireland with the testimonies of hundreds of women who were victims of an unspeakably callous and judgmental society.  Yet, it is not really surprising; the story of Ireland’s mother and baby homes has been told by several brave individuals […]