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Where Did The Irish Come From? The Origins of the Irish.

The Origins of the Irish

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Irish? In this letter, we look at the myths and stories that have endured down through the years – as well as visiting a very particular building in northern Spain associated with the Irish origin story. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to this […]

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Modern Slave Labour and The Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene Laundry

Have you ever heard of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland? Just recently, President Higgins presided over an apology to some of the living survivors of these horrific institutions. Here is just one woman’s story. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. How are things in your part of […]

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The Stone Circles and Druids of Ireland

Ancient stone circle

Have you heard of the Druids of Ireland? Long before Christianity reached Ireland’s shores, there was a complex culture of beliefs involving the practices of law, medicine, and the oral tradition. In this letter we discuss the Druids, the ancient intellectual class of ancient Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from […]

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The Great Houses of Ireland

Have you ever visited one of the Great Houses of Ireland? People come from all over the globe to visit the castles, ring forts, and round towers of Ireland. In this letter we will visit a lesser known attraction that graces the Irish landscape, the Manor House.  Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are welcome […]

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Irish Naming Patterns

Do Irish naming patterns work for you? Have you ever reached a stumbling block in your ancestry research? In this letter will will discuss a built in set of clues left by many of our Irish ancestors, hidden in the pattern of how they named their children. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to the […]

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