For those interested in studying family history there are many sources free on line – one of these is a “Guide to the Copies and Abstracts of Irish Wills” which was written by the Rev. Wallace Clare in 1930. It lists alphabetically the available wills, tells you where to find them, the year the will was probated. For example, John Arkin an Aldeman of Youghal, died in 1708 and his will is in the Public Records Office in Dublin.
Another great source is Beryl Eustace who has a Government Publications Office booklet called “Index of Will Abstracts in the Genealogical Office , Dublin …. again all are listed alphabetically.
Wills are a great source of information . Who benefitted ? Who did not benefit? Who were the family? Friends? etc. Little gaps can be filled in . Not every one had a will but occasionally you do find little gems in information.
Both of these are available free on line.