Online Reference Services


The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

This comprehensive work has over 45,000 entries covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Cornish surnames. Information available for each name includes geographical distribution, history of origins and genealogical notes.

You can access this service by using your Library Card number to login. Please click here to go to the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland website.

Ask about Ireland
Brings the Ireland of the past alive and provides information on all aspects of Ireland today, including exciting content from Ireland’s public libraries, museums and archives. The site also hosts Griffiths Valuation.

Dictionary of Irish Biography

Contains over 9,000 posthumous biographies from earliest times to date, which describe and assess the careers of Irish subjects in all fields of endeavour. You can visit the DIB website at the link below where you can enter the Username DIBlogin and the Password cambridge.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Includes thousands of searchable articles and related websites selected by Encyclopaedia Britannica authors. Three editions to choose from; Library, Student or Junior. You will need your library card number and PIN to use this service.

The following online resources are only accessible in our library branches.

Please contact your local library to book a session or to find out more information:

Irish Newspaper Archives
The world’s largest online database of Irish newspapers. Includes many of Ireland's leading national, regional and out of print titles from the 1700s to the present.

Irish Times Archive
Searchable archives of The Irish Times back to 1859. Contains over 16 million articles.

Ordnance Survey Ireland
Historical maps available to view online. Searchable by county, townland or locality.

Digital archive which includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, sciences and social sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.

Online portal for Open Access Irish research publications.