About Us and A Letter from Ireland.

Mike and Carina Collins of A Letter From Ireland

Welcome to A Letter from Ireland.


Let me guess - you’ve been interested in tracing your Irish Heritage and Family History for some time now.


Maybe you've already travelled to Ireland? Perhaps you wonder if you will ever get here?


What you DO know is that your ancestors left Ireland for a better life - bringing with them their values and beliefs, many of which were passed to you and your own family.


Since 2013, we've shared our weekly "Letter from Ireland" and it has attracted over Two Million people of Irish descent around the world. They find that our Letters, Blog posts, Videos, books and Podcasts help them to understand what life was like for their Irish Ancestors.


For some, this information provides a rich backdrop to help with research on Ancestry Record sites. For others, the Letter connects them with their Irish roots in a very real and visceral way.


Here are just some reasons why some of our readers keep coming back to "A Letter from Ireland" for more:


“Trace your surname, discover where your ancestors may have lived and step into this fascinating and beautiful land that we love”. Sandy Laferriere.


“If you have Irish blood running through your veins, or even if you are just interested in Ireland, this site is essential.” Patty McCoy.


“You and Carina are melding a very important aspect of Irish history and heritage to our personal genealogical endeavors. Thanks for bringing it all to life for us!” Jack Healy.



Now, I think it’s time to introduce ourselves! We are Mike and Carina Collins - a husband and wife team based in County Cork, Ireland.


Our Irish Heritage adventure started when we noticed many people asking questions on Facebook about Irish surnames and the homelands of their Irish Ancestors.


We started to answer with our local knowledge - and those answers took the form of a weekly email called “A Letter from Ireland”.


In each Letter, we share stories of counties, surnames and heroic Irish individuals who made new lives for themselves across the world - often in the harshest of circumstances. Sound like any of your Irish ancestors?


Today, we travel around Ireland - gathering stories and sharing them with you through our weekly letters, blog posts, videos and podcasts.

Would you like to see the Letter and Podcast survive and thrive for the future - and receive some personal benefits along the way?

Recent Posts

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Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

Coming into the town of Tralee – the administrative capital of County Kerry – my mind always goes back to the Rose of Tralee festival. Specifically to the early 1980s and heading down to Tralee for the craic, sleeping only when necessary and wherever possible. Funny how those memories can colour your impressions of a…

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Wild Atlantic Way Ireland – Join us on a Long, Slow Trip.

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The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

We left Killorglin heading for the small town of Milltown – marking the southern start of the Dingle Peninsula. From there, it was an easy drive along a coastal road, enjoying Dingle bay to our left. The first stop along the way was Inch Strand – which is nicely ironically named as it extends along…

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The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

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My Dear Children, I am having a great time in Ireland and wish you were here to see its beauty with me. As soon as I got off the plane I had a calming feeling of being home. I am staying here in Limerick City but traveling as much of the country in my rental…

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