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3 Things to know about your Irish Ancestor Surnames

3 Things to know about your Irish ancestor surnames – and a lot more! In this readers Letter from Ireland, Mike has a conversation with a descendant of a family from County Kerry. In the letter, they touch on some important things to know about the locations, nicknames and pronunciation of surnames in Ireland. Céad […]

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Have You Walked one of the Pilgrim paths of Ireland?

Have you ever had the time to walk along one of the Pilgrim Paths of Ireland? These special places lie just beyond our main tourist routes and stops – but offer you a timeless world of beautiful scenery and a way to walk in the footsteps of your Irish Ancestors. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you […]

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Podcast: Five Irish Heroes of Culture and Heritage

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Show we meet five different Irish Heroes of Culture and Heritage. These are five very different individuals who show visitors very different – and authentic – sides of Ireland. You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button above (the triangle […]

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Do You Have an Irish Saint in Your Family Tree?

Irish saint

Have you ever wondered if you have an Irish Saint in your family tree? Here is one Irish family that had both a Saint AND a Martyr in their family tree – and I know that many of our readers are descended from this one Irish family. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter […]

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The Ford Motor Car and Confusing Irish Surnames

Lifesize statue of an old Ford car

Do you have a confusing Irish surname in your family tree? It helps to understand the changes the surnames were forced through down the centuries as they were translated/transcribed from Irish into English. Here we explore some examples using a surname you may have heard of before now. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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