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
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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 for our Members and Patrons 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;


We regret to announce the death of Irish Palatine Association committee member Rev. Dudley Levistone Cooney on the 16th of November 2019. Dudley entered the Methodist ministry in 1969 and served in the Irish Republic and Northern
Ireland. He was a wonderful orator and could preach a sermon without notes straight off the cuff. Many of our members will remember Dudley when he gave his lecture on The Switzers of Grafton Street at a number of Irish Palatine Association events over the years. He was also a regular contributor to our Journal. He was a great historian and writer and has written several articles and books on the history of Irish Methodism including histories of Limerick and several other Methodist circuits. His book The Methodists in Ireland: A Short History was published by Columba Press in 2001. He was on the editorial panel of the Methodist Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Methodist Church in Ireland and wrote reviews on many books of Methodist interest. He was president of the Wesley Historical Society in Ireland and of the Old Dublin Society. In addition he served on a number of other boards and committees connected with his work as a Methodist minister. He was superintenant to the Methodist Circuit of Adare and Ballingrane in County Limerick Ireland for a number of years. After his retirement he moved to Glenageary, County Dublin where he continued to be involved in many Methodist and historical pursuits. Dudley donated some of his extensive library to the Irish Palatine Association

Following are his contributions to our Journal:-
A Preachers Life - life as a Methodist itinerant preacher – Journal 7:14.
The Southwells of Castle Matrix - a brief history of landlord family – Journal 7:18.
Trench of Castle Oliver - a brief history of the landlord family – Journal 7:19.
Wesley among the Palatines - extracts from his journals – Journal 8:2.
Parish Minutes come to light - parish of Kleinich & some details of the winter of 1708/09 – Journal 12:2.
A Volcano erupts – Journal 12:4.
Defoe and the Palatines – Journal 12:5.
Switzers of Grafton Street – Journal 13:24
Charles Wesley 1707-1788 - A Tercentenary Tribute – Journal 15:2
Ludwig I builds Palatinate Castle – Journal 16:4
Visits to the Palatinate – Journal16:6
Rev. Dr. William Crook (1823-1897) Methodist Minister and Author – Journal 18:19.


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