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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

A special thank you to Joe Canning for exclusively sharing his poetry with us, it is with great honour.

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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    1. Hello Glennys, A friend of mine who is expert on Dublin maritime matters has dug up some interesting info on George Hartford. It includes newspaper clippings etc, but it is too copious to copy and paste into this forum. Could you please email me and I’ll forward everything to you. My address is: dannythedoyler@gmail.com. I’m sending this on my wife’s Facebook account, since I don’t have one.

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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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  5. I have a brilliant video of my 96 year old mother reciting the “poem” about Skibbereen not all that long before she passed away. I would like to share it but have no clue as to how to do that. I could send it to you all or?????
    She was from Lisheenavalla in Galway but was a long time New York resident. I would love to share it. Thanks
    Ken

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  6. Your site and your Facebook page are very important to me as an Irish-American who truly values Irish History and my heritage/ancestry. In all my travels online over the years, I have not come across any other page/site that is more important and earnest in striving to further educate people of Irish descent and those who might wish they were. Excellent work, thank you. Slainte!

    James Norton
    Boston, MA

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  7. Thank you so much for all your hard work on this site I really enjoy reading the posts and have learned such a lot from them. I grew up in an English / Irish household where sadly Irish history was never talked about .As I am growing older I now appreciate that this is also part of my culture. So important.

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  8. Hi
    Thanks for following my blog FOTOSANDFOOD.COM on WordPress. I am new to blogging and since I have retired from teaching I intend to develop my site further. I live in two places Ireland and Portugal and am a keen photographer. I live in Cascais in Portugal and have discovered an interesting historical connection to Ireland. In the 1700s Joao (Sean) O’Neil son of Conn O’Neil son of Phelim O’Neil arrived in Portugal. Phelim was Earl of Clanaboye and was one of the Earls dispossessed of his lands and fled from Ireland to France in the early 18th century.

    A direct descendant, Jorge O’Neil, set up his home in Cascais, There are still O’Neils in Portugal and there is a Pub O’Neils in Cascais and a Street Rua O’Neil. I have visited his home which he lost due to bankruptcy and it is now a museum called The Guimares Museum in Cascais. I will be returning to Portugal soon and will investigate all this history further and if you like I can send information and Photographs.
    Thanks again for following my blog.
    Chris Cosgrove

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    1. Hi Chris,
      It is with pleasure and in return thank you for following my blog. It would be fantastic if you could share any information/photographs on your research in Portugal on the O’Neils in Portugal. Truly fascinating stuff.
      Kind regards,
      Caroline Ryan

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  9. im interested in knowing where my father who was a member of the IRA 1922 and imprisoned by pro treaty group.I like to know where he was interned.He was from kilkenny.Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.name is james brennan mike from crutt castle comer.thank you.

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