Irish Newspapers

Irish Newspapers

Newspapers are a fantastic resource for anyone tracing their Irish roots. They provide an insight into what life was like for your ancestors in the cities, towns and villages around Ireland hundreds of years ago. The Irish Newspaper Collection on Findmypast provides access to millions of articles from both local and national titles, covering all corners of the island.

National newspapers

National newspapers

Findmypast has a range of national newspaper titles from Ireland including The Freeman's Journal, Ireland's longest running national publication which merged into The Irish Independent in 1924. You'll also discover Pue's Occurences, one of the earliest titles in the collection, dating back to the 1700s.

Titles from every province in Ireland

  • Connaught newspapers

    Connaught newspapers

    Including Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser and Sligo Champion

  • Munster newspapers

    Munster newspapers

    Including Cork Examiner, Limerick Reporter and Tipperary Vindicator and Waterford Chronicle

  • Leinster newspapers

    Leinster newspapers

    Including Dublin Evening Mail, Dublin Monitor, Drogheda Journal, or Meath & Louth Advertiser and Newry Examiner and Louth Reporter

  • Ulster newspapers

    Ulster newspapers

    Including Belfast Mercantile Register and Weekly Advertiser, Belfast Morning News, Belfast Newsletter, Northern Whig and Newry Examiner and Louth Reporter

What can newspapers tell me?

What can newspapers tell me?
Railway Mania! - Cork Examiner, 30 June 1845

Newspapers are a treasure trove of information for family historians. They tell the story of events that made the news through a local lens, giving you a context for your ancestors' life stories. You can gather excellent details on your family from the millions articles in the newspaper collections on Findmypast.

Some of the things you can expect to uncover include:

News Reports on local and national events

These include detailed reports of court hearings (which often include transcripts of the proceedings), annual reports from charitable organisations and the Workhouse Unions.

Family Notices

Birth, marriage and death notices. You will also find notices of engagements, anniversaries and birthdays.

Obituaries

Detailed obituaries can reveal a wealth of detail about your ancestors’ lives.

Advertisements

Usually found on the front page of nineteenth century newspapers, advertisements include notices of auctions, items for sale, lost & found, job offers and travel deals. 

Illustrations

Early newspapers were illustrated with engravings. Later they were crammed with photographs of big events and local weddings and social events.