Trace your Irish ancestry with help from three popular tourist attractions in Ireland: the Guinness Storehouse’s archives, the replica of the Jeanie Johnston ship and the Cobh Heritage Centre.
BY SHEILA SOBELL AND RICHARD N. EVERY •
Published: May 8, 2011
In the archives of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, German filmmaker Martin Duffy has been studying the employee records of relative Jack Carruthers, who started his career as a cooper at Guinness in 1945. But sleuthing the family tree also revealed fascinating insights into the social history of Ireland in the 1940s, the lives of non-skilled laborers and the people and events that lead to the emergence of the trade union movement.
•The Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, by phone at 011-353-1-408-4800 or online at www.guinness-storehouse.com.
•The Jeanie Johnston, Custom House Quay, Dublin, 011-353-1-473-0111 or www.jeaniejohnston.ie.
•Cobh, The Queenstown Story, The Old Railway Station, Cobh, County Cork, 011-353-21-481-3591 or www.cobhheritage.com.