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News Digest June 5th



  • Recession bites! Are the original terms of the Beit Trust undermined by hard economics?

In 1976, Alfred Beit transferred the entire Russborough estate – the grand house and art collection – to create a charitable and educational trust.  It was a hugely generous gift to the Irish people, a generation of whom have benefited.  Now, the Foundation that governs the Trust proposes to sell a significant part of the Beit picture collection. They say it’s an economic necessity, and that they need to raise money to maintain Russborough House at the centre of the Trust.


  • A personal perspective on the Earl Grey Scheme – an assisted passage scheme from Ireland to Australia, during the Famine years 1848-50.  Read how Findmypast member Gail Newman researched her great (x3) grandmother’s own story.


  • This will come as no surprise to family historians! The Oxford Dictionary of Biography has begun to adopt genealogical research methods, because they get better results.Read an ODNB editor on a breakthrough discovery.


  • SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Government Report into Bessborough Mother and Baby Home reveals a system of “institutionalisation and human trafficking… [where] women and babies were … little more than a commodity for trade.”


  • The man in the gap – An Irishman’s Diary about the Clones native who saved the day at Waterloo.