The National Library of Ireland will be giving free online access to their archive of Catholic Church records, dating back to the 1700’s. According to a press release from Ireland Reaching Out, “The records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. They cover 1,091 parishes throughout Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.”
Currently the Ireland National Library allows access to these records in their research rooms in Dublin; however, the library plans to have the records online by summer of 2015. For more information go here.