The Irish Newspaper Collection

Search for information about your ancestors amongst millions of articles in historical local newspapers from all over Ireland.

We are working in association with the British Library to digitise their newspaper collection, which contains most of the runs of regional newspapers published in Ireland since before the time of the Great Famine, all the way up to 1951. Of course, the digitisation of these newspapers takes time, so if you can't find what you're looking for then it is worth returning at a later date because we are adding new pages to the site for you to seach through all the time.

As the scanning team has access the original bound volumes of newspapers, they're able to scan some of the rarest and most fragile newspapers in the library's collection, unlike many other newspaper digitisation projects.

What articles will you find?

The newspapers we have span the period 1820 to 1951 and so far, include the following local titles.

The Belfast Morning News
The Belfast Newsletter
The Cork Examiner
The Dublin Evening Mail
The Freeman's Journal
The Sligo Champion

Amongst the articles you will discover:

News reports – coverage of local and national events. These include local court reports, which reveal whether your ancestors were ever in trouble with the law or were victims of crime
Birth, marriage and death notices – casting a fresh light on our ancestors' life events
Other notices – useful for finding out about the other important events in our ancestors' lives, e.g., engagements, birthdays and anniversaries
Advertisements – including classifieds, appointments, photos and illustrations
Letters to the editor – what were the hot topics of the day?
Obituaries – a useful source of information about notable public figures

Remember: we are constantly adding new pages and titles, so the best way to find out exactly what's covered is to search the newspapers for free!

How is the newspaper collection helpful?

A quick search is often all you need to discover whether your ancestors ever made it into the newspapers. If you do find them mentioned, then you may be able to discover:

Your ancestor's story - Why are they mentioned? What tale was significant enough about them to warrant the newspaper article in which they feature?

In-depth information about your family - The article may contain infornamtion about as yet undiscovered relatives,

Details you wion't find in other records - Articles that feature any mention of your ancestors will add much more colour to your understanding of them, and you will likely find fresh details about their lives that have the potential to open up all kinds of new enquiries - particularly when you feel like you may have hit a brick wall in your research.

Understanding your ancestor's world - As well as reading the information about your relatives, we recommend taking the time to read other articles from the same paper and others of a similar date. You will learn much about the way of life your ancestor had, from small local stories to the big nerws that was affected them at the time.

Find out more information about our Irish newspapers project with the British Library here.

Directories & Almanacs

The findmypast collection of directories and almanacs includes the most comprehensive collection of directories available online, dating back to 1783. National directories published by Pigot, Slater and Thom are usually organised by province. They list the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, tradesmen, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland.

Regional and Local directories are also available, these concentrate on smaller geographical areas. Information includes a detailed introduction to each town and village with details of office-holders, professionals, merchants and tradesmen, as well as a full alphabetical directory of farmers and other residents not listed by trade.

There are also directories devoted to particular groups, trades or the gentry.