A Letter from Ireland:
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Is your family a member of the Dal gCais Tribe?

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For many centuries – Ireland was a tribal society (and some would argue it remains fundamentally so today). The Dalcassians were a Gaelic Irish tribe who rose to prominence specially in the 10th century. They get their name from Cormac Cas of the 3rd century. Brian Bóru is perhaps the best known king from this […]

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Are You a Murphy?

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Cast your mind back a little – well a long way – all the way back to the 700s in Ireland. Why is this significant? Well, it was the century before “surnames” were taken on across Ireland. At that time – there were a number of major “Tuathe” (or clans) across Ireland. The kingdom of […]

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Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay

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Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay. “We were close enough to toss a biscuit ashore.” Words from Wolfe Tones diary. Wolfe Tone travelled with 43 ships of the French Armada to this spot – Bantry Bay in Cork – in December 1796. But bad weather intervened and a general nervousness forced a decision to return to […]

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Blarney Castle and Your Irish Ancestry

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Here’s a picture of a castle you may have heard of – Blarney Castle in County Cork (anyone kiss the famous Blarney stone?). Our journey today looks at the surname of the family who built this castle – the MacCarthys. So, if you have “MacCarthy” somewhere in your family (or are just plain curious) – […]

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The Blasket Islands in County Kerry

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The Blasket Islands, County Kerry. Have you ever been to Kerry? How about the Dingle Peninsula and the Blasket Islands? Here is a picture of Carina strolling along on a lovely spring day on the Great Blasket Island off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula – the most westerly parish in Ireland and Europe. This has […]

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