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Is That Jerry with a J? Is This Biblical Name Irish?

Do you have names like “Jeremiah” or “Cornelius” in your Irish family tree? These names obviously come from the bible – but you may be surprised by the ancient Irish names that lie just under their surface! Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. It’s a great time of […]

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Philomena

A letter from ireland

Do you have any ancestors with the name of Philomena? One painful chapter for Ireland involves the forceful adoption of children whose unmarried mothers were not allowed to keep them. In this letter we meet Philomena Lee, who as a young girl was made to give up her son, and whose story went on to […]

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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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From Fairy-Gaul to the Irish in Montreal

The Irish in Montreal. The Irish Ancestry Trail stretches around the globe. One popular migration was to follow the timber ships of Canada back to their ports of call, after they made shipments to Ireland. One of Canada’s larger cities, Montreal, was to become the new home of many an Irish wanderer. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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The Yew Tree of Ireland

Do you have a favourite tree? Maybe the majestic oak, or graceful willow? In Ireland, the most ancient and revered is the mighty Yew tree, used to guard entrances to homes and cemeteries.  In this letter we talk about how a tree came to name both the sons and townlands of Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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