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A Letter from Ireland:
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Hore Abbey

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Hore Abbey – near Cashel in County Tipperary. Sometimes places and names have nothing to do with each other …. We visited the Rock of Cashel today in County Tipperary. Have you been there? While we were there we took this picture of nearby “Hore/Hoare” Abbey” – a 13th century Cistercian abbey – nice, isn’t […]

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The Galloglass – Do You have the Warrior Gene?

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Have you ever heard the term ‘Galloglass’? Do you or your Irish ancestors have the surname MACSWEENY, MCCABE – or, MACDONALD, MACNEILL, MACSHEEHY, MCCOY, MACRORY? Then these Scottish-sounding names may mean that you may have “Galloglass” blood in you. After the arrival of the Normans in Ireland in 1169 the Irish Chieftains needed help to […]

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Dun na Sead Castle

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Dun na Sead Castle in Baltimore, West Cork – home of the O’Driscolls! Yesterday I asked “what was the connection between this castle and the US TV series “The Wire”. Answer: They were both shot in Baltimore! Just different Baltimores (although both come from the Irish “Baile an Ti Mor” – town of the big […]

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Castledonovan of the O’Donovans

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Here we have the imposing ruins of Castledonovan in West Cork – once home of the mighty O’Donovans! Anyone have the surnames Donovan, Collins, O’Connell, McEniry, Kenneally, Flannery, Tracey, Clerkin or Ring? Would you like to add your Surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun. […]

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Ballynacarriga Castle – Home of the O’Hurleys

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Welcome to Ballynacarriga Castle in West Cork! This is the view that a castle was built for! It was meant to be imposing and awe-inspiring – you’d think twice about approaching it! Not built for the tourist-friendly aerial view you see today. This is Ballynacarriga castle in West Cork – built by the Hurley family […]

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