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16/09/2021

REVEALED: Brexit caused a surge in genealogical queries to Carlow County Council

There have been 200 genealogy specific queries so far this year

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People trying to trace their Irish roots

Brexit caused a surge in genealogical queries to Carlow County Council with 200 genealogy specific queries so far this year. 

The matter came up during a progress report presentation to members at the full meeting of Carlow County Council on Monday on Carlow County Library and Archive for 2018. 

Acting County Librarian John Shortall gave the presentation and he said: "Brexit caused a huge amount of queries," and he praised the work of the Council's genealogist, Bernie Walsh. 

Brexit led to a surge in Irish passport applications, with around a fifth of all applications last year made by Irish citizens living in Northern Ireland and Britain.

The Council offer a genealogist service at on Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment only. The appointment is available free of charge for the first 30 minutes of the first meeting.

Contact Bernie Walsh by telephone on 059 9129 709 or by e-mail to bwalsh@carlowcoco.ie

Additional appointments will incur a charge of €20 per hour. The genealogist will facilitate and assist with genealogy queries, guide people in their searches, and inform people of sources both free and those that have a fee.

The Genealogist does not have the resources to undertake in-depth research for individuals.

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