Alt namesIresource: WeRelate abbreviation
Coordinates53.3°N 7.38°W
Also located inUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland    
See alsoNorthern IrelandIreland divided around 1922
Republic of IrelandIreland divided around 1922
Contained Places
Kingdom of Ireland
County Antrim ( - 1922 )
County Armagh ( - 1922 )
County Carlow ( - 1922 )
County Cavan ( 1584 - 1922 )
County Clare ( 1558 - 1922 )
County Cork ( - 1922 )
County Donegal ( 1585 - 1922 )
County Down ( - 1922 )
County Fermanagh ( - 1922 )
County Galway ( - 1922 )
County Kerry ( - 1922 )
County Kildare ( 1296 - 1922 )
County Kilkenny ( 1210 - 1922 )
County Laois ( 1556 - 1922 )
County Leitrim ( 1800 - 1922 )
County Limerick ( - 1922 )
County Londonderry ( - 1922 )
County Longford ( 1586 - 1922 )
County Louth ( - 1922 )
County Mayo ( - 1922 )
County Meath ( 1200 - 1922 )
County Monaghan ( - 1922 )
County Offaly ( 1556 - 1922 )
County Roscommon ( - 1922 )
County Sligo ( 1579 - 1922 )
County Tyrone ( 1300 - 1922 )
County Waterford ( - 1922 )
County Westmeath ( 1541 - 1922 )
County Wexford ( - 1922 )
County Wicklow ( - 1922 )
North Tipperary ( 1898 - 1922 )
South Tipperary ( 1898 - 1922 )
Former county
Coleraine ( 1585 - 1613 )
County Dublin ( 1190 - 1922 )
County Tipperary ( - 1898 )
Desmond ( - 1606 )
Queen’s County ( 1556 - 1922 )
Modern county
County Tipperary ( - 1898 )
Armagh (ecclesiastical province) ( - 1922 )
Cashel (ecclesiastical province) ( - 1833 )
Connacht ( - 1922 )
Dublin (ecclesiastical province) ( - 1922 )
Leinster ( - 1922 )
Munster ( - 1922 )
Tuam (ecclesiastical province) ( - 1833 )
Ulster ( - 1922 )
Ballynahowen ( ? - 1922 )
source: Family History Library Catalog
Image:Modern Counties of Ireland.jpg

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Ireland (; locally: ; Irish:  ; Ulster-Scots: ) is an island in the North Atlantic to the west of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St Georges Channel, and after which it is the largest island of the British Isles archipelago. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is about 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

The island's geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the Middle Ages. As of 2013, the amount of land that is wooded in Ireland is about 11% of the total, compared with a European average of 35%. There are 26 extant mammal species native to Ireland.[1]

Prehistoric Ireland saw the arrival of humans after 8000 BC. Gaelic Ireland had emerged by the 1st century and lasted until the early 17th century. The island was Christianised from the 5th century onward. Following the Norman invasion in the 12th century, England claimed sovereignty over Ireland. However, English rule did not extend over the whole island until the 16th–17th century Tudor conquest. This led to colonisation of Ireland by settlers from Britain. In the 1690s, a system of Protestant English rule was designed to materially disadvantage the Catholic majority and Protestant dissenters, and was extended during the 18th century. With the Acts of Union in 1801, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom. A war of independence in the early 20th century was followed by the partition of the island, creating the Irish Free State, which became increasingly sovereign over the following decades, and Northern Ireland which remained a part of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s. This subsided following a political agreement in 1998. In 1973, both parts of Ireland joined the European Economic Community.

Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and education. Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed for example through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.

How places in Ireland are organized

Ireland was divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland around 1922. The standard at WeRelate is to title Irish place pages according to their current country. Please see Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland for more information.

All places in Ireland

Research Tips

  • When using to search for birth information, it is important to distinguish between the church baptismal records and the civil birth registration records. Parents were required to report a birth within twenty-one days or face a fine. If they missed the twenty-one day cut-off, they would often adjust the reported birthdate so that it fell within the twenty-one day period. The baptismal record should be considered the more accurate one.
  • Another issue is the fact that Catholic baptismal records were written in Latin, with the Latin form of the name. So one should be aware of all possible English forms. For example, 'Owen' and 'Eugene' are both English equivalents of the Latin 'Eugenius'.
  • Ancestry's "Ireland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911" has to be used with care. As an example, the abstract for Peter Kilcommons (b. 7 February 1868) states that he was born and baptized in Williamstown, County Galway. Neither of these facts is correct. His birth was merely registered in Williamstown. Information on this site should be checked against the information on the RootsIreland site.
  • The Irish Genealogy News blog reports that GRO Ireland has placed historical civil registers of birth, marriage and death on the free state-run The are some omissions of images and an embargo period. Read the details at Irish Genealogy News (as of 7 Sep 2016)
  • Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). The marriage database was the first established, in 2014, with an initial 40,000 names. Since then the Society has launched two corresponding additional databases, one for births and another for deaths. All three have been regularly updated, with the latest bringing the total record count, collectively, to a quarter of a million names. More information at Genealogical Research Society (as of Jan 2017)
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