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Historian Brett Holman has a list of British newspaper archives available online at his blog airminded.org. Included within it are a good number of titles from Ireland and Northern Ireland:
- The Anglo-Celt (Cavan)
- Belfast Gazette (free)
- Butte Independent 1910 to 1930
- Connacht Tribune (Galway) from 1909
- Connaught Telegraph (Castlebar)
- Donegal News
- Evening Telegraph (Dublin) 1901
- The Freeman’s Journal (Dublin) to 1924
- Irish Independent (Dublin) from 1905
- Irish Times (Dublin)
- The Kerryman (Tralee) from 1904
- Kildare Observer (Naas) to 1935 (free)
- Leitrim Observer (Carrick-on-Shannon) from 1904
- Limerick Leader from 1905
- Longford Leader
- Meath Chronicle (Navan)
- Munster Express (Waterford) from 1908
- Nenagh Guardian
- Nenagh News to 1924
- Southern Star (Skibbereen)
- Sunday Independent (Dublin) from 1906
- Tuam Herald
- Ulster Herald (Omagh)
- Westmeath Examiner (Mullinagar)
Click here to access the full, hyper-linked list. Note, though, that most of them require you to pay to get access to them.
A comprehensive timeline can be found here: http://wp.me/P2M4um-5H
There’s a long and interesting article about common Irish surnames and their derivations on the Irish Medieval History page on facebook. It’s got some snippets of information I wasn’t aware of either. I’d always assumed anyone Irish with a French-sounding name had Anglo-Norman ancestors, but apparently not:
Assimilation is the name given to the process of substitution with foreign names of similar sound or meaning like these French examples. Ó Lapáin became De Lapp, Ó Maoláin became De Moleyns, Ó Duibhdhíorma became D’Ermott. Molloy (O’ Maol an Mhuaidh) and Mulligan (O’Maoláin) became Molyneux.
There’s also a link to an interactive map of Ireland showing surnames by county from 1890 census. Label size represents relative birth counts. It can be accessed directly here: http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/ireland/
Of definite use to genealogists as well as history buffs, I think.
Irish History Compressed now has a Twitter feed under the rather squashed moniker of http://twitter.com/HistoryCompr (You’d think with over 500 million users the twelve-character limit on Twitter names would need to be lifted…)
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