Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The tragedy of modern Irish genealogy

Irish genealogist John Grenham has a great blog post with many home truths online at http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/irishroots/2012/07/02/why-cant-we-all-just-get-along/#.T_LQUlxn5Z8.twitter - essentially pointing out the tragedy of the cat fighting within the Irish genealogical establishment. Everyone wants the product, but no-one can effectively access it because everyone else thinks they own it, and no-one wants to give way. It's almost childish. It is unfortunately also embarrassingly, excrutiatingly, typically, very Irish.

As John says, the real victims are those trying to do their research - the very groups these communities are supposed to be trying to help. As the demand for Irish resources continues to grow exponentially, let's hope the trenches don't get any deeper.

I recommend they all head to Bewleys for a session - there's no better place to wake up and smell the coffee. Martin McGuinness shook hands with the Queen last week. And if they can do it...

(With thanks to @8thRDF)


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New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)


  1. I suppose a reporter could dryly say: The reason why the Queen and Mr McGuinness shook hands was because they both agreed it was a good idea.

    (I suppose part of the point of the article is that others also of the Emerald Isle could find it in themselves to do likewise...)


  2. Another peace process? It might just work...! lol