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The Warrior Galloglass Surnames of Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. Well now, the weather’s really changed over the week here in County Cork. We have high winds, sharp air and a threat of local flooding. And just last Sunday we were swimming in the sea! I do hope you are keeping well wherever you […]

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When Did your family COME to Ireland?

Dingle

Let me explain about the names: We are all familiar with the concept of “emigration” and Ireland. We all arrived at some point – some stayed and some passed through after some generations. All left their imprints. Like to add your Irish surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to […]

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How Irish is Your Irish Ancestry?

Do you have Irish Ancestry? Just how Irish are you? Lets put things into perspective: Around about the 1700s – 1900s: The ancestors of many of the readers of this page headed towards the colonies, the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand.

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A Timeline of Irish Settlers

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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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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