From an Irish Cottage to a Castle – A Journey into one Woman’s Hidden Past (#308)

Carina never knew the surname that her paternal grandmother was born with – she only knew to call her “Granny”! So, we decided to find out a little more. What did we discover? Well, join us in this episode of the Letter from Ireland show as we go on a voyage of discovery – starting […]

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Where Did Kavanaugh Come From?

Here is the unusual story of an Irish surname – Kavanagh (or Kavanaugh) – that never had an “O” or a “Mac” before it. It was born at a very troublesome time in Irish history – when the various chieftains were only looking after their own self-interests and one of them “invited” the Norman English […]

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Do You have an Irish Family History Puzzle Like This?

Do you have an Irish Family History Puzzle? Many of our readers have a problem locating an ancestor’s place of origin in Ireland. In this reader’s letter we illustrate a few ways of breaking through this puzzle in a question and answer mode. I hope you enjoy! Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome once again to […]

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The Beatles – Meet The Liverpool Irish (#307)

Meet the Liverpool Irish! In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Show Carina takes you on a trip around the City of Liverpool Liverpool – through a gate that could tell a million stories, into “Paddy’s Wigwam and then introduces you to four very famous sons of Liverpool – three of whom have direct […]

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Do You Have This Problem Locating your Irish Surname?

Have you ever had problems locating your Irish surname in Ireland? Sometimes it’s down to the fact that some surnames can come from a number of separate locations in Ireland – as it was when we received this letter from one of our readers. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome once again to your very own […]

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