Included on this website are a collection of digitized maps of Dublin and Ireland, viewable in Google map format, a revised and improved townland database, scans and extracts from a number of directories, a list of the surnames I am researching, a guide to the important, and unique, system of land divisions of Ireland (townlands etc), a brief introduction to Irish records and a brief guide to Irish records. The revised menu system, is located to the left, and the various sub-sections indicated with the grey background e.g. 'Historic Maps', 'Irish Records' etc. Click on these to expand each section and show the links to the pages available in each category. All free to access....

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I can carry out lookups of various Dublin directories, mainly Thoms from 1848 onward. At least some of the following details are usually required to start a search - name, occupation or trade, street name, and date range. I can also check by specific address over a time range.

The directories concentrate on Dublin city, and include street listings for many of the streets in the city, and slightly less detailed listings for towns in Co. Dublin. Note that certain occupations like labourers are often not listed, and minor streets or those with just tenements or cottages are often not detailed - e.g. "Darleys Court - 10 houses in ruins and tenements".

Post your lookup request either as a reply to my Dublin Directories lookup thread on the Genealogy Section of, or post a new thread on that board with Dublin Directory lookup in the subject or post a brief message to twitter @shanew147

Latest articles and updates...

  6 April 2014

Dublin to Westport and Achill – 1891  

Description of journey, primarily by Rail, in 1891 from Dublin to Westport, with notes of outings to places of interest from Ward’s Travel Guide to Ireland – 1891 (part 2). Additional photos are from separate sources and date from c1900, … Continue reading

  25 March 2014

Dublin Castle – 1204 to 1922  

Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath / Dublin Castle from 13th Century to the 1920s, extract of timeline and plan from booklet published c1940 1204   Mandate for erection of the Castle. 1228   Completion of towers by this date. 1242   … Continue reading

  19 March 2014

City of Dublin Steam Packet Co. – 1834 Advert  

Advertisement from Pettigrew & Oulton’s Almanac & General Register of 1834.

  14 March 2014

Grafton Street 1848  

1848 Map of Grafton Street Dublin City, recreated using directory entries – see : link


History of the Civil Registration Service  

Interesting article on the History of Registration in Ireland from GRO/Dept. of Welfare (pdf document)

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