A Letter from Ireland:
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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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Up the Deise of County Waterford

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The Deise, County Waterford. Do we have any Whelans/Phelans/Hylands/Whalens out there? Here’s a picture of the round Tower and cathedral at Ardmore, County Waterford. The Déisi were the main tribe and kings of this area from the 300s through to the late 1100s. During that time, Saint Declan founded an oratory at the site shown […]

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Are you a Mannion of America?

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The Mannions of America

Do you recognise this poster (remember the mini-series)? Guess we’ll have to add “Brosnan” to our list of names in honour of Pierce Brosnan’s first starring role! So where does the surname Mannion/Manion/Manning come from? Way back in the third century, six tribes collectively called the “Sogain” came to Galway from Ulster and occupied an […]

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Mount Brandon and the People of Dingle

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Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula. Tomorrow we head to Dingle, County Kerry on a fact-finding and walking break. Are any of your people from County Kerry? This is a picture from the slopes of Mount Brandon – used a site of Pilgrimage for thousands of years. As you look down to the right – […]

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A Timeline of Irish Settlers

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Dingle

A history of Irish settlers – and names – in 11 lines (read to the end to see the relevance of the picture above!): 10,000 BC – End of Ice Age – first settlers on island of Ireland arrive. Up until 500BC – Stone and Bronze ages – People like the “Fir Bolg” and the […]

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