For many years if you mentioned you had Irish research the other person said how sorry they were for you as “everything had burned”.
While it is true that many records of great use to family historians were destroyed in the Four Courts Fire, it is not true that everything was destroyed.
Over the last number of years more records have been digitised and placed online including the 1901 and 1911 censuses. (Sadly only fragments of previous censuses have not survived)
Civil Registration Certificates
Previously you have had the option of purchasing historical certificates: Births >100 years ago, Marriages >75 years ago and Deaths >50 years ago.
Today (8th September) is the official online launch of a fantastic resource. The digitised historical civil registration record images are in the process of going online for download as a PDF (whole page) for free (free as of 8 September 2016).
The Treasure Trove site is the Republic of Ireland Irish Genealogy site www.irishgenealogy.ie
Click through to the search Civil Registration and of course I search for Quested (remember I run the Quested One Name study, always happy to find them anywhere anytime!)
You will need to acknowledge you are not a robot and fill in your name before you will get the results.
Note you can search all at once but unless you have a very unusual surname it is probably not the best way to go. (Quested gave five entries three deaths and two marriages).
Three results were returned. Click through on the name and as you can see there is the word image at the bottom of the result. Click on that and you are taken to the full page PDF of the civil registration records.
Currently the site is still in the process of uploading the images and my other two deaths in 1867 and 1868 are not yet available.
There are a number of other resources available on the site or links to other search pages of interest.
Yes certainly a great time to be Irish!
Remember the Genealogical Society of Queensland also has subscriptions for a number of pay sites that you can access at the rooms that also have Irish records such as Findmypast with many digitised records and also an increasing number of Irish Newspapers. Just another benefit of being a member!