The online availability of Births, Marriages and Deaths records has been extended, with a further 12 months of these records available to view online on www.irishgenealogy.ie.

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The records now available for each of these life events are:

·         Birth Register records for the years 1864 to 1921

·         Marriage Register records for the years 1845 to 1946

·         Death Register records for the years 1864 to 1971

The website is free and there is no subscription or registration required to use it.

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Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, welcomed this latest release, saying:

This release of an additional year of register data by the Civil Registration Service is part of the ongoing partnership between my Department and the Department of Social Protection.  I’m sure this update will be met with eager anticipation by those carrying out research in genealogy.

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The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, commented:

The partnership between my Department and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media continues to make civil registration records of births, deaths and marriages available online promptly.Civil registration records are amongst the richest online information sources which can be accessed by citizens and the Irish diaspora worldwide.  The past two years have given us all a greater insight and value for information sources such as this.

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 With the addition of the new twelve months, the birth, marriage and death records of a former Taoiseach and Statesman, Seán Lemass can be viewed online now.

The marriage record for Mr Lemass shows that the once well-known comedian, Jimmy O’Dea, who had also been a classmate, was his witness.  Mr Lemass married Kathleen Hughes in August 1924 and both their fathers are listed on the register as merchants.

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