In John Grenham's latest Irish Roots column he comments:
"It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of what is about to happen. When the Irish public service gets things right, it can get them spectacularly, gloriously right."The National Library of Ireland will be making freely available online digital microfilms of Catholic parish registers – "by a long way – the single most important source of historical Irish family information, one of the greatest legacies of the Catholic Church to Ireland."
This is all to be available summer 2015. Read Grenham's article at http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/john-grenham-irish-roots-1.2017344