Newspaper articles from 1820-1926 covering all four provinces of Ireland have been made available online.
The Irish family history website findmypast.ie has launched its Irish Newspapers Collection, making almost two million historical Irish newspaper articles available to search on the website. Digitised from the collections of the British Library, the Irish Newspapers Collection is a rich resource for genealogists in search of their Irish roots.
The collection features six newspaper titles (both national and local) covering areas in Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster, namely: The Belfast Morning News, The Belfast Newsletter, The Cork Examiner, The Dublin Evening Mail, The Freeman’s Journal and The Sligo Champion.
Different dates are covered by each title ranging from the pre-Famine era right up until post-Irish independence in 1926. For family historians, the newspapers contain valuable entries like advertisements, obituaries and letters to the editor which help to paint a picture of what local and national life would have been like in Ireland hundreds of years ago.
Cliona Weldon, General Manager of findmypast.ie, says: “We are delighted with the addition of Irish titles to our collection of British and World newspapers on findmypast.ie. The Irish newspapers allow us to really bring to life the happenings in our country all the way back to the Great Irish Famine and beyond. Whether you are searching for an ancestor in a local paper or simply interested in how the big news stories of the day were reported, you will no doubt uncover some fascinating facts.”
Overall date coverage for each of the newspapers is as follows:
- The Belfast Morning News – 1857-1882
- The Belfast Newsletter – 1828-1900
- The Cork Examiner – 1841-1926
- The Dublin Evening Mail – 1849-1871
- The Freeman’s Journal – 1820-1900
- The Sligo Champion – 1836-1926
This collection is also accessible on all findmypast international sites through a World subscription.