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 Stair na hÉireann is devoted to the study of Irish History, Irish language, Irish Diaspora, The Great Hunger, Arts & Music, Culture, Archaeology, Literature, Photography, Mythology & Folk Culture.

Please visit our Facebook page Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland for shared posts from other pages on Facebook as well as other posts we may not post on the website.

If you see something you like, feel free to share our posts/page and if there’s something you’d like to see or see more of, please let us know. This is an Irish history site and there will, of course, be posts that many would like to forget, however, the study of history requires investigation, empathy and respect. History is the only true teacher and the truth must be told in order to forgive history’s sins.

This is not a selling/profit site, however one that promotes the study of Irish history, tourism and music. We also showcase some of the top photographers’ work in Ireland. If you’re a photographer and would like us to feature any of your photos, please contact us.

Photos used on this site with permission by Gareth Wray Photography, Mac Creative Photography and Fiachra Mangan Photography

Disclaimer/Fact Check: We strive for accuracy and fairness, however, if you see something that doesn’t look right, please let us know.

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  1. Although I now live in Viet Nam I am keen on your website. Currently I am researching the historical similarities between Eire and Viet Nam. There are incredible parallels which I hope to bring to light of day. Slainte’.

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  2. Hi I am looking for any information on my Great Grandfather . His name was George Hartford and he was the Harbourmaster of Dublin sometime in the late 1800s .My Grandfather George Hartford came to Canada in 1903 and settled in Sask. They were a fairly wealthy family with large house ,iron gates and family emblems, would be great to find out more about them.

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  3. HI! I AM FROM SOUTH AFRICA MY GRANDFATHER WHO I HAVE NEVER MET DIED BEFORE I COULD. I AM SPEAKING OF ABOUT 94YEARS AGO. MY GRANDFATHER FLED TO SOUTH AFRICA I DID NOT WANT TO BECOME KING OF IRELAND. HE WAS JAMES ROBERT MC AURTHER, HE FLED ON SHIP , MY DAUGHTER STILL HAS THE OLD CLOTH WITH THE DICES AND LEATHER HOLDER TO GET TIME GOING. WHEN HE LANDED IN SOUTH AFRICA HE CHANGED HIS SURNAME TO Mc DULING AND MARRIED A AFRIKAANS LADY MY GRANDMOTHER

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  4. Hello,
    What a beautiful, eloquent, and important site.

    “This is an Irish history site and there will, of course, be posts that many would like to forget, however, the study of history requires investigation, empathy and respect. History is the only true teacher and the truth must be told in order to forgive history’s sins.”

    This quote from above is so tremendously important. If the majority would do this, then- we might finally be on track to a better world. Knowing history, knowing the injustices that have been endured, even and especially those that are difficult to come to terms with, is the only way to ensure a future in which we don’t continue to make the same mistakes. Many don’t want to face what has been endured by others, especially if it offends their sense of patriotism or if their country was at fault, but identity should never come before ethics. If you are of a country that has done great injustices to others, such as the injustices the Irish have endured for centuries, the truest form of patriotism would be to learn every detail about those injustices so that your country’s future could be more ethical. That is what we are all striving for hopefully. The only way to know where we hope to go is to know where we have been.
    Thank you for the contribution of this beautiful site that is contributing toward a more educated and empathetic world.
    -Amal Emma Jamal

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      1. Thank You! This is my second day receiving email notifications of your articles. It is so amazing. Every calm moment of my day I have spent reading them. Your site is a dream come true for a history lover. This must take so much work. May all of your work and sincerity come back to you ten fold!

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      1. I am so happy we have finally found each other ,my father. and grandparents are from Ireland ,and I want so desparetly to go there ,I hope we can keep in touch ,their last name and my maiden name is O’Boyle ,I love to see the grandest country again ,I’ve never been there but I am homesick for Ireland ,for they kept the stories alive for me ,until I hear from yous all again ,,I remain you’re very grateful family and friend Heather Allen (O’Boyle) oxo

        Thank you and Cheers right back to you oxo

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    1. Cheers, yes we are privileged to share many photographer’s photos, many of which you can find on Facebook or their own personal website, the link is usually attached in each photo. Cheers, Eoin, hope you enjoy our posts.

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