Wednesday 28 February 2018

Bad weather closes Ireland's major genealogy sites

Conditions are expected to deteriorate
dramatically as two storms arrive
Due to adverse weather conditions, much of Ireland is playing it safe and retreating indoors. While there are exceptions – the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland seems to be working normally as I write this (but see Update below) – many major repositories and local studies librairies have already closed or are in the process of closing early, and have ruled out opening tomorrow and Friday.

Among the major genealogical destinations involved are the National Archives of Ireland, National Library of Ireland, Dublin City Library & Archive and all City public libraries (closing at 3pm today), GRO Research Room in Dublin (closing at 2:30pm today) and the Representative Church Body Library.

Meteorological forecasts suggest the disruption may continue for the rest of the week in some places, especially in Leinster and Munster, and eastern Ulster.

UPDATE, 1 March: PRONI has cancelled its usual Thursday 'late night'. The offices will close at 4:45pm today. Later Update brings closure time forward to 3pm.
UPDATE, 2 March: PRONI appears to be open as normal.