Monday 10 April:George Russell (AE): literary witness to Irish history, with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. No booking. 7pm. Free. Details.

Monday 10 April:War of Independence agony in Cork City and County, with Tim O'Brien. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Non-members €3.

Monday 10 April:George Russell (AE): literary witness to Irish history, with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. No booking. 7pm. Free. Details.

Monday 10 April:War of Independence agony in Cork City and County, with Tim O'Brien. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Non-members €3.

Monday 10 April:George Russell (AE): literary witness to Irish history, with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain. Host and venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. No booking. 7pm. Free. Details.

Monday 10 April:War of Independence agony in Cork City and County, with Tim O'Brien. Host: Muskerry Local History Society. Venue: Rugby Club, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. All welcome. Non-members €3.

Findmypast has added some 1.2million Scottish Roman Catholic church records to its database. Given the historical ties between Ireland and Scotland, not to mention the physical proximity of the two countries, this collection should be checked out by Irish family historians.

This release is the first tranche of FindMyPast's Scottish Catholic collection. It includes baptism, marriage, burial and congregational records from all eight of Scotland's Roman Catholic Dioceses: St Andrews & Edinburgh; Aberdeen; Argyll & the Isles; Dunkeld; Galloway; Glasgow; Motherwell; and Paisley.

Ancestry's Library Edition is no longer available in Northern Ireland's public libraries.Family historians in Northern Ireland who have been accustomed to using Ancestry's database at their local library are going to be in for a shock when they drop in for their next research session.

Against the backdrop of ever tighter budgets, Libraries NI has not renewed its Ancestry subscription and access to the Library Edition has now ceased across the entire library network.

The Central Statistics Office has released its preliminary findings from last year's census. It paints a picture of the modern Republic of Ireland and shows the population has grown since 2011 by 3.8% to 4.76million.

Central Statistics Office (cso.ie) infographic. Click for larger view.The current rate of population growth is the slowest for more than two decades. However, the population of Dublin grew by 5.8%, Cork by 4.6%, and Galway by 4.2% in the last five years, and only counties Mayo and Donegal showed any decrease in overall numbers.

Two of Ireland's essential genealogy websites – IrishGenealogy.ie and Genealogy.NationalArchives.ie – have been having problems all morning. They have a common server, so when one is down, there's a good likelihood the other is, too. Fortunately, these kinds of shared downtimes are usually sorted out pretty quickly, but this one has been going on since at least 7.30am, when I received my first notification of a problem, so I thought I'd do a quickie blogpost to confirm the state of play.

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