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In recent years there has been a burgeoning interest by people in tracking their roots. There is a fascinating curiosity in finding out where did their ancestors hail from, what did they do and what were their lives like? In a sense it gives us a feeling that we are not here in isolation, as it makes those who came before more relevant to our lives and reinforces the thought that what we do now will have an impact on our future generations.

With a diaspora of 80+ million people worldwide, Ireland has become a natural focal point for this interest in the past. For visitors who believe their ancestors may have originated from Southern Ireland there are a couple of useful links to get you started on the trail for your forefathers.