Palatine Ancestral Homeland Tour
The Irish Palatine Association have commenced organizing a 10-Day tour in the German Palatinate which will take place in September 2019. We will be visiting ancestral villages, castles, small museums, exhibitions and local events that highlight our Palatine heritage & culture and will be the main focus of this tour. We will also visit some of the larger tourist attractions of the region, however the main emphasis will be on visiting the smaller towns and villages and meeting the people therein which is not normally done by commercial tour operators. We will keep you updated as the plans progress.


Irish Palatine Weekend
September 28th - 1st October 2018
This event which had participants from Ireland and Canada was based at the Rathkeale House Hotel and commenced with a welcome dinner on the Friday evening. Over the course of the weekend we visited the important local Irish Palatine sites and also the secondary sites in Co.Kerry. We had a banquet at Ballyseedy Castle, the home of the landlords who invited the Palatines onto their estate in the eighteenth century.
The programme was inter dispersed with some interesting talks by Dr. Paddy Waldron on Reconstructing Limerick family histories using DNA and Dr. Hermannn Rasche on the social, economic situation of the Palatines at the time of their departure from their German homeland (the various reasons for leaving and related aspects), before they settled in Ireland and further afield.


IPA Membership for 2018
We would like to thank all those who have renewed membership of the Irish Palatines Association for 2018 and would encourage anyone who has an interest in Irish Palatine Heritage to support our endeavours through the membership scheme. The IPA is voluntary organisation and we rely on worldwide support from people of Irish Palatine Heritage to help with the operation of the museum and organisation. Membership of the Association is 25.00 euros per year. The membership year runs from 1st January to December 31st each year. Where membership is received in the course of the year, any literature mailed in the prior part of the year will be posted at the time of subscription
(Download a membership form).
To learn of the many different ways you can help support the Irish Palatine Association please visit our support section for details.


German Ambassador's visit
July 10th 2018

On her recent visit to Limerick, H.E. Deike Potzel (R), German Ambassador to Ireland, met with Lorna Shier (L) and Austin Bovenizer (C) who introduced her to the story of the Irish Palatines at the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. The Ambassador presented the Association with a copy of Dankebuch or 'Thank You Book' which is the subject of a charming & moving documentary detailing German childrens response to Irish aid sent to Saarbrucken after WWII.

Invitation - Adare Field Meeting
June 5th 2018
IPA members and friends are invited to join the Adare and Ballingrane Circuit at the annual Field Meeting on Tuesday, 5 June, 2018, at 11.00 a.m.
This open air service on the Adare Manor Golf Course commemorates the visits of Rev. John Wesley to the area in the eighteenth century, and we have a bring-your-own picnic after the service. If you have not been before we suggest you meet at the Golf Club car park at 10.30 a.m.
A tour of local sites of Palatine interest is planned for the afternoon commencing from the Irish Palatine Centre, Rathkeale (Cost €10.00) followed by dinner at Rathkeale House Hotel (Cost €35.00). For those interested please contact Lorna Shier
as we would require knowing numbers for the tour and dinner.
For more about the field meeting see 1999 IPA Journal No.10 pg.10


Irish Palatine Association Journal

The Irish Palatine Association Journal (No.25) has been published and mailed to all our members.
In this issue we have an article posing the question - did more of the Palatine families, who arrived in Ireland in 1709, remain in Ireland than research would suggest. Then there is an article of the Pipers journey to South Africa and to the Rugby Playing fields of the world. Also an article of David Switzers crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by sailboat from USA to Ireland. There is the story of George Hoffman of Ballymacelligot, Ireland and of Waikato, New Zealand and
more...
Journal 25

Shier Reunion 2018
24th June 2018




Micks Reunion 2018
August 4th 2018
You are invited to the 48th Mick Reunion which will be held at Micksburg Community, Cultural Centre and Ball Park, 2769 Micksburg Road. It will be 170 years since the Mick Family came to Canada. More informaiton here

OGS-Irish Palatine Special Interest Group
September 13th - 23rd 2018
The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society are running a 11 day bus tour "In the footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors" from September 13th to 23rd which will be following in the footsteps of the Irish Palatines who left Ireland in 1760 to go to the New World and settled in New York City and then the Camden Valley, only to have their lives turned upside down when the American Revolution broke out in 1776. The tour will start and end in Montreal. More information here
Irish Palatine Talk - Abduction of Heiress in the 18th Century
January 20th 2018
We would be delighted if any members/friends can join us on Saturday 20th of January 2018 for a talk entitled "The Abduction of an Heiress in Co. Limerick in the Eighteenth Century" which will be given by Dr Liam Irwin at the Rathkeale House Hotel at 8.00 p.m. Dr. Irwin is a graduate of UCC and has a particular interest in local history. He is the retired Head of History Dept. MIC, Limerick.
The talk is preceded by dinner at 6.00pm (€30.00/person) and all are welcome. Admission to the talk is free of charge.


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