Published by Irish Roots Media Ltd.,
Blackrock, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.
The Society recently received the second edition of this publication produced by Irish Roots Media Ltd. under the editorship of Maureen Phibbs and it displays an obvious effort to maintain the standard set by previous editor Tony McCarthy. There is a good mix of family history articles, letters, reviews and photographs although I did think that the double page photo spread of Castlefreake Castle in West Cork is more space filling than informative. Under the heading of “Genealogy Guide to getting started in 2008” Paul Gorry provides a well detailed introduction to family history research in Ireland in a two page article. The editor generously gave two pages to the genealogical societies under the heading “Society Notes”. All of the leading groups have submitted an updated account of their activities. A nice touch comes in an article by Mattie Lennon entitled “2008 is the year of the potato” which includes a vintage photo of a Mr. Pat. Phibbs Snr. walking behind a two horse plough in 1961. Maureen’s (editor) grandfather no doubt. Now that is family history. There is good use of colour throughout the magazine which makes the ad’s more readable.
Irish Roots appears quarterly and sells at Euro 4.25