New Genealogy Resource Should Boost Irish Tourism

Taoiseach (the head of government or prime minister of Ireland) Enda Kenny recently stated that an online resource for researching family history from the 18th and 19th centuries will prompt a wave of genealogical tourists to visit Ireland in the coming years. Mr. Kenny was speaking at the announcement of the National Library of Ireland’s parish records website, which contains digitized details of births, deaths and marriages in almost every Catholic parish during the 1700s and 1800s.

(See my earlier article about the new National Library of Ireland’s parish records website at

“What you’re doing here in the National Library, I absolutely applaud it because you are giving a facility to the Irish diaspora all over the world to connect, and in a world that is changing so rapidly isn’t it important to have a sense of place, a sense of who we are,” Mr Kenny said.

Comment: If online genealogy records prove to be a financial boon for Irish tourism, wouldn’t the same be true for other countries or even U.S. states and municipalities? I suggest you tell your elected and appointed officials about this great way of producing revenue.


In my experience, the only thing politicians hear is what they want to hear. It would be nice to be wrong.


Given the size and extent of the Irish diaspora, Ireland (which is already a popular tourist destination) has much to gain by promoting family history visits to the Old Sod.


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