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Privacy Policy

Who I am

I am a genealogist and journalist based in Galway, Ireland. My website address is:

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


This site uses Disqus, a third party plugin, for comments. When you comment, you will be required to log in to Disqus directly, or log in using one of your social media accounts.

Disqus will collect information from your account, including details such as your name, username, date of birth, contact details, technical details about your device and IP address, and usage data.

Disqus will install one or more cookies on your browser, so you will be recognised when you visit this or any other site which uses the plugin. Your profile picture will also be visible to the public in the context of your comment.

To find out more visit the Disqus privacy policy page.


This site uses third party services which will install cookies in your browser, as follows:

Disqus, mentioned above.

Google Analytics: to identify returning visitors.

If you are not happy with these or other cookies, here’s a useful article on how to delete cookies from every device and browser.

You can also read Google’s privacy policy for more information on the data they collect.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (eg videos, images, articles, etc). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This site uses Google Analytics to keep track of user metrics such as visitor numbers, geographical location, pages visited, and information on your device such as device type, operating system, and browser. All of this information is anonymised and is stored for 24 months.

Who we share your data with

Data is shared with Google and Disqus, as outlined above.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so Disqus can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any data you have provided. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you (though this is likely to only include comments). This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

I don’t currently hold any contact information for visitors.

Additional information

How I protect your data

I do not personally hold any data on visitors, other than the anonymised data collected by Google Analytics.