"Explore this amazing collection of records from Ireland’s Western Seaboard from 1821-1874. The records come from The National Archives at Kew and relate to the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund. This is the first time these records have been made available in full online. The majority of the records cover the years 1824-1846 and provide unique information about your ancestors from before and during the Irish Famine. They are an excellent resource for the Irish family historian, because they record the names of individuals, who are often missing from official government records. Many of the records are loan application forms, which include the name of the borrower and two names of guarantors, who were often close family members or neighbours. Other details recorded include occupation, notes of health, family circumstances and whether the borrower emigrated."
Counties covered - Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary & Wexford. There is also a listing for Lancashire and London, not quite sure how that fits in yet!
They have also updated some Irish Newspapers, there are mainly for Northern Ireland.
"Below is a list of the 4 newest newspapers to join the collection and the years they cover as of 18 May 2016:
Belfast Weekly News - 1897 - 1898, 1904 - 1914
Dundalk Examiner and Louth Advertiser - 1884, 1893, 1902 - 1915
National Teacher, and Irish Educational Journal - 1890 - 1893, 1895 - 1896
Weekly Gazette, Incumbered Estates Record & National Advertiser -1854 - 1855"