Ancestry.com has introduced a new Irish genealogy research site called IrishNewspapers.com, which contains searchable digitized pages from 63 newspapers published in Ireland.
The papers come from the Irish Newspaper Archives website, but IrishNewspapers.com offers them with a much more user-friendly interface and search.
IrishNewspapers.com works much like Newspapers.com (another Ancestry.com site, with mostly US content): You can enter a name or other search terms, then narrow your results to the most relevant dates, places and newspaper titles. You can run a search without subscribing, and the snippet views of your search results often provide enough context to tell whether a particular result might be relevant to your family history (and whether it’s worth subscribing).
IrishNewspapers.com lists its digitized papers here. Use this listing to get an idea whether the site could be useful to you: Choose your ancestral Irish county from the filters on the left to see papers published there and dates covered.
My family rumored to be from County Cork, for example, immigrated to the United States during the 1840s, but the IrishNewspapers.com papers published in Cork begin in the late 1800s. Of course, the papers would be a good way to research family who remained in Ireland, if I knew their names. I would first need to identify whom to search for and where they lived.
IrishNewspapers.com is a separate subscription from Newspapers.com, $19.99 per month or $99.99 per year (both auto-renew).
Note that if you have a Newspapers.com subscription, you have access to that site’s content from 16 newspapers published in Ireland. Some of it overlaps what’s on IrishNewspapers.com: When I ran a IrishNewspapers.com search, clicked on a match and entered my email address to begin the registration process, the site reminded me that I already have access to that paper on Newspapers.com.