Take a good look at the above photo - that is the Dublin Four Courts building housing the Public Records Office, going up in flames at the Battle of Dublin, 1922. That is part of the reason there are few BMD records for Ireland and why you have no luck finding a trace of your Irish ancestors. So if your family came from Ireland, you will have to think differently and search out alternate records.
My grandfather was estranged from his family so we didn't know anything about our Irish Seale ancestors. When I started researching that family line and discovered there were no records.... I felt double gypped! But I am determined! I posted queries on every genealogy board out there. Finally, after a few years and more people were getting into genealogy I got replies. Two of them! One was from a distant cousin also descended from my 2nd great-grandfather John Seale of Queen's County Ireland, and the other was from a person in Australia who mentioned a Seale pedigree that was floating around the internet somewhere. So off I went, using every searching skill I could muster, trying to find that pedigree. And I did. Along with a few others for which there are links below.
The next challenge was going to be to connect this pedigree with my family in Kingston, Ontario. After sitting on it a while, I received a message from a fifth cousin whose relative had gone to Ireland and found parish records at the church. The connection was made. I have the luck of the Irish! Please let it hold true for my other Irish families!
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Hopefully you can find your Irish ancestors mentioned in some of the links I have gathered for you and set out below.
Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry 1887
Irish Pedigrees - The origin and stem of the Irish Nation Vol I
Irish Pedigrees - The origin and stem of the Irish Nation Vol II
A Genealogical History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland Vol I
A Genealogical History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland Vol II
A Genealogical History of Irish Families - with their crests and armorial bearings
Irish Marriages: Index of marriages in Walker's Hibernian magazine 1771-1812 Vol I
Irish Marriages: Index of marriages in Walker's Hibernian magazine 1771-1812 Vol II
Roscommon Soldiers who died in World War I
Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania 1682-1750
Missing Friends (Ads for Irish immigrants in the Boston Pilot)
The genealogies, tribes, and customs of Hy-Fiachrach, or O'Dowda's Country (Galway)
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
PRONI Will Search
Perogative of Irish Wills 1526-1897
PRONI Freeholders database
National Archives of Ireland Genealogy
Down Survey Maps (*new)
Irish Collections of Laois Papers - Land
Using Griffith's Valuation
Pigot & Co's Provincial Directory of Ireland 1824
Irish Almanacs and Directories
Book of Maps and Roads 1777
IreAtlas Townland Search
Website of Ireland maps and directories (left menu)
Irish Genealogy News (Check often for updates)
Census of Ireland 1901-1911
Some bits of Ireland Census
Guide to Records of The Poor Law
Irish Lives Remembered ( FREE online genealogy magazine)
Irish Newspapers Archive
Irish Genealogy Project Archives
RootsIreland $ (free to search)
The Parish Registers of Christ Church, Delgany (Glendalough)
Archivium hibernicum: or Irish Catholic historical records Vol 1 of 7
A catechism of Irish geography and topography,physical, social, historical and biographical, for schools and families: 1822-1917
Electoral Rolls Ireland 1908-1910
Irish Flax Growers 1796
The Irish Lined Trade Hand Book and Directory
More good sources for Ireland at Fáilte Romhat website
"Devia Hibernia" : the road and route guide for Ireland 1893
The Royal Irish Academy: List of Members Vol I – 1836
Calendar of Deeds - Dublin
> Volume II: 1350-1413.
> Volume III: 1412-1509.
> Volume IV: 1509-1547.
> Volume V: 1547-1584.
> Volume VI: 1584-1603. This volume includes Appendices, and Index Nominum (name) and Index Locorum (place).
IRELAND - Reflections and resolutions proper for the gentlemen of Ireland, as to their conduct for the service of their country, as landlords, masters of families, as Protestants, as descended from British ancestors, as country gentlemen and farmers, as justices of the peace, as merchants, as members of parliament
Irish Archive Resource - free
Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland: for the guidance of registration officers and the public in searching the indexes of BMD - 1901
Laois, Queen's Co - The Laois Papers - Index to papers classified as Deeds - leases, assignments, settlements, indentures, wills etc. PDF
Gravestone photos, records, and transcriptions and other records
Church of Ireland Gazette 1913-15
The Wild Geese - Irish Genealogy
Thom's Irish Who's Who 1923
The Irish in America 1868
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