Celebrate Your Irish Heritage

Hi, we're Mike and Carina. We travel Ireland and the Irish ancestral trails of the world, connect with people of Irish descent and share the resulting stories, photos, videos and podcasts with you.

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Emigration from Ireland

The Irish Ancestry Trail

Don’t you just love that word – “Diaspora”? Apparently, it comes from the Greek word for “scattering”. The reason I bring this up today is because Ireland appointed it’s first “Minister for the Diaspora”. I first remember the word being used in the context of an “Irish Diaspora” when President Mary Robinson used to light a candle of…
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Irish Placenames – An Overview

Just this week, I received a request from Helen Wyse (always listen to someone with Wyse as a surname!). Helen said: I am very curious about the naming conventions used for townlands, baronies, villages etc. which seem to repeated over and over again.  So many places are prefixed or suffixed in such a way that it…
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The Evolution of Irish Surnames – Where your Irish Surname fits

When we look at Irish surnames today, it’s easy to get confused when we see names that appear to have several different spellings, some look very English or Scottish – how could they be Irish you ask – while other names appear to randomly have an “O” or “Mac” in front of them. Before We…
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What Drives Genealogists Crazy About Ancestry.com – (#607)

Do you wonder what it takes to really get your Irish Family History research REALLY humming? We interviewed Irish-based genealogist - Jayne McGarvey - and asked her to share 3 signs that you are making progress as an Irish ancestry researcher.
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One Story from The Irish Land Wars – (#606)

Do you wonder what it takes to really get your Irish Family History research REALLY humming? We interviewed Irish-based genealogist - Jayne McGarvey - and asked her to share 3 signs that you are making progress as an Irish ancestry researcher.
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