New details of Irish birth, marriage and death records released, including 'Ireland's greatest actress' Maureen O'Hara's

New details of Irish birth, marriage and death records released, including 'Ireland's greatest actress' Maureen O'Hara's

A NEW BATCH of birth, marriage and death records have been released for public viewing by

An additional year of historic Irish dates are now available to view, including:

  • Birth register records, 1864 to 1920
  • Marriage register records, 1845 to 1945
  • Death register records, 1864 to 1970

The records now include details of Maureen O'Hara's birth in 1920, among thousands of other entries that allow Irish people to properly explore their ancestry.

Also in the latest release are the birth details of Liam Cosgrave - a Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 and GAA legend Christy Ring - who's widely regarded as the greatest hurler in the history of the game.

The records contain the following details:


Childs forename/s; Childs surname; Date of birth; Place of birth; Father's name and address; Mother's name and maiden name if married; Father's occupation; Signature of the informant (the person who registered your birth); Date of registration of the birth.


Marriage location; Date of marriage; Forename/s and surnames of bride and groom; Age at time of marriage; Condition (i.e. bachelor, spinster, or widowed); Occupation of bride and groom; Bride and groom’s father's names and addresses; Occupations of bride’s and groom’s fathers; Signature of bride and groom; Signature of witnesses.


Date and place of death; Name and surname of deceased; Male or female; Condition of deceased ((i.e. bachelor, spinster, or widowed); Age at last birthday; Rank, profession, or occupation of deceased; Cause of death and duration of illness; Signature, qualification, and residence of informant; Date of registration.

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara, pictured here in 1953

Arguably one of Ireland's greatest ever exports, O'Hara is considered Hollywood royalty and was famous for playing passionate, but sensible heroines, often in westerns and adventure films.

Known as 'the Queen of Technicolour', her striking red hair also gave her something of an edge during the 40s and 50s, and she even received an Academy Award for her life's work,

Born in Rathmines, Co. Dublin, to an Irish Catholic family, she began her acting career training at the Rathmines Theatre Company followed by the famed Abbey Theatre from the age of 14.

Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and became a New York Times Bestseller.

In November 2014, she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription "To Maureen O'Hara, one of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength"

She passed away in 2015 at the age of 95, and in 2020 was voted Ireland's greatest film actors in a poll by the Irish Times.