We would like to thank all those who have supported us through our membership scheme in 2019 and would encourage anyone who has an interest in Irish Palatine Heritage to support our endeavours through this scheme in 2020. The IPA is a 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 32.00 euros per year. The membership year runs from January to December each year. When membership is received in the course of the year, any literature published in the prior part of the year is mailed 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.


Friday 4th to Sunday 13th September 2020

The Irish Palatine Association have organized a 10-Day tour in the German Palatinate which will take place from 4th-13th September 2020.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the German heritage of your Palatine ancestors including the history and culture behind the story of the Irish Palatines.
We will visit the ancestral villages of some of the more familiar Irish Palatine families. We will also visit some of the larger towns and sample what they have to offer the visitor, some of which include Castles, Cathedrals, Museums, guided tours, shops and more. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the ancestral German homeland of the Irish Palatines.
For more details, download programme and booking form




Journal 25
In this issue we have an article about the Palatine Ancestors Tour which took place in the USA and Canada in 2018. We have an article on the Almond tree blossoms on the German Wine road. A story of the road travelled by many of the Irish Palatines who left Irish shores for the north American continent. Also an article about the Palatine Families of Ireland; my own personal journey by Hank Jones on and more...


26th-27th October 2019
There will be a Hoffmann family reunion held in New Zealand on the weekend of 26th & 27th October. More details to follow;


IPA members and friends are invited to join the Adare and Ballingrane Methodist Circuit at their annual Field Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, 4th June. This is the 200th Anniversary of the Field Meeting and an extensive program of events is planned for the day in commemoration of its anniversary. For some background on the Field Meeting see this link or also see the article in IPA Journal No.10 pg.10.

23th June 2019




As we cross the threshold from 2018 to 2019 we bring the sad news of the passing of our secretary Ms. Lorna Shier. After medical treatments in the early summer and procedure in September the prognosis was good and Lorna had returned to her many duties with various organisations. However in late November she became unwell and sadly her death on the 23rd of December came as a shock to us all.
Lorna has always been a history buff and had a deep interest in her Irish Palatine Heritage. Her presence and work for the Association will be missed by the directors and committee. She especially came into her own in organising the 2009 and 2016 events in Ireland for the Association.
In the early part of 2018 Lorna was urging us to commence work on a 10-Day German Holiday to take place in 2019. Due to Lorna’s passing the timing of this occasion is being postponed until 2020.
The Irish Palatine Association would like to thank all those who sent emails of sympathy and the Shier family have especially asked us to extend their appreciation of the various messages.



Those with Doupe/Doube/Daub heritage in their family tree may be interested in the following about Irish actress Hazel Doupe’s role in the film ‘Float like a Butterfly



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