Ireland, the ancestors business
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According to Discover Ireland, around 80 million people across the world claim Irish ancestry, and the desire to trace those long-lost roots back in the "auld sod" can run deep. A high level of emigration throughout Irish history has led to this high level of Diaspora. As consequence genealogy combining, a trip down memory lane, is one of the fastest growing travel sectors, with the help of web access and the digitisation of billions of human record that made researching family trees easier and accessible. Over 15,000 overseas visitors participated in genealogical activities in 2009 only in Northern Ireland but the majority of physical participation in genealogy comes from the domestic market. Interest is high among all demographic groups, but is highest among women and those aged 25 to 34. Bunratty Castle, & Folk park, not far from Shannon, is one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions and on the itinerary of every visitor looking for his Irish roots. Bunratty Folk Park is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland with farmhouses, and village street complete with pub and various shops, everything built with great attention to detail. Also the traditional Irish Night attracts lot of tourists looking for their roots with the help of traditional food and songs. In many other touristic spots shops and specialised firms offer historical pictures of practically all Iish villages and paid search of the nobility of your ancestors. It’s not too difficult because usually all members of the Irish clans wore the same names of the leaders, obviously O'Donnell every American can claim to be a descendant of the noble O'Donnell. And voila you're done. Family trees start from 3 pounds, but you can also make do with a coat of arms on various items, from glasses to tablecloths, from key rings to socks.County Clare Heritage Centre, in the Corofin’s village, is a professional no profit genealogy research centre that began a remarkable interaction between County Clare and its Diaspora. The increase in demand for the Genealogical service, with more and more visitors calling each year, led to further development and in 1992 a new purpose-built centre was completed.