March 06, 2006 09:00 ET

Many Want to Be Irish for St. Patrick's Day but Maybe You Already Are?

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2006 --, the site dedicated to all people around the world that have an interest in anything Irish, announced the launch of its facility to help users find out just how Irish they are at There are almost 40 million Irish Americans and about 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry. is one of the most popular Irish communities online. The site currently has 198,000 registered members and during the month of March traffic to the site reaches a staggering 4 million page impressions.

"Many North Americans have Irish roots but may not realize it," commented president, Myriam Hooper. "This year in advance of St. Patrick's Day we have made a special effort to allow users check out their roots and history of their family name. We have also launched a new travel service, where people in the US who perhaps wish to travel to Ireland to trace their roots can book their trip to Ireland from start to finish. We also have a free bi-monthly draw for members to win two round-trip flights to Ireland."

Many of the Irish first came to America on the infamous famine ships from the 1840s and the new facility allows researchers to find out if their family name appears on many of the ships' passenger lists. The roots section on the site contains a huge section on family names. is one of the first websites to establish a comprehensive genealogy research section and to employ top genealogy expert Kyle Betit to help solve problems faced by families trying to figure out where they came from in Ireland.

The site can be used to locate the family crest and download it as a screensaver. Family photo albums can also be posted online and the family register containing 1000s of names is where people can find and share information about their family name or ancestors.

There is also a fun online quiz which checks out how Irish are you?

For the really enthusiastic the online shopping facility features a giant leprechaun suit to wear at the St. Patrick's Day party and impress family and friends (or not!). The less flamboyant can buy a Claddagh ring engraved with their family crest.

And if you are looking for love then the site includes a dating service. And, wherever you are, if you want to wet the shamrock, includes a guide to Irish pubs worldwide.

About connects the global Irish community. The site is dedicated to all people around the world that have an interest in anything Irish. A portion of this audience comprises of the 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish descent. For press opportunities, contact Valerie Harding with Ripple Effect Communications at 617-536-8887 or email her at

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