Irish Lives Remembered, Summer 2016

The Summer 2o16 issue of Irish Lives Remembered carries many stories about World War I. And more!

Ireland continues to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, which is understandable since 200,000+ Irishmen volunteered to serve with British forces, and nearly 50,000 died. “The Green Fields of France” tells the story of the Irish response to WWI.

Other articles bring the conflict to a personal level with accounts of Irish-born soldiers from New Zealand, including the Finn Brothers and Michael Callaghan. Damian Shiels researched U.S. passport applications for “The Yanks are Coming,” stories of Irish women who married American ‘doughboys’.

I’ve blogged previously about the May 2016 opening of EPIC Ireland in Dublin but was fascinated to read more about its creators. Brian Donovan interviews Neville Isdelle, former CEO of Coca-Cola, and his step-brother Mervyn Green, who grew up in Ireland and Rhodesia. Isdelle and Green envision EPIC Ireland as a world-class visitor attraction in Ireland and a way to tell its many stories.

In “The VP comes home,” Fiona Fitzsimons writes about researching Vice-President Joe Biden’s Irish roots and going on a roadtrip with the family.

For the procrastinators among us, Maureen Wiodarczyk gives advice about managing family photographs: “Aggregate, authenticate, organise.”

If you have O’Brien ancestors, you’ll definitely want to read “The O’Brien Surname.”

And if history and genealogy aren’t enough to capture your interest, how about a story that brings to mind “News of the Weird”? Learn about Sheela-na-gigs. Who knew architecture could be so racy?

Honestly, I enjoyed every page of every article. Irish Lives Remembered is “Ireland’s Premier Genealogy Magazine,” free to view/download.

Read the summer 2016 issue here.

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