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Is your Surname Buried in an Irish Placename?

It’s amazing just how many placenames in Ireland come from the surnames of the leading family of the area. Often, this name is “buried” in the placename as it evolved from the original Irish language. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. We’re just back from a great trip to […]

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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

Let’s use a recent Irish sporting occasion to examine the origins of two Irish Counties. In this letter we will see how the colours of Irish team jerseys represent not just the county they play for, but also the history of sport keeping the spirit of the people lifted during hard times. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

Did you ever wonder where your town got its name? Does it have a twin city with the same name, in another part of the world? In this letter, we will see how Irish town names often travelled with Irish immigrants to the far off places they settled. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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The Islands of Ireland

Ireland is an island, but it is surrounded by countless smaller islands, whose populations have ebbed and flowed over the years. The historic communities that are making a comeback on these small isles are said to create a people who are both strong, and closely tied to their unique locations. Céad Míle Fáilte – and […]

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Finding Your Way – Directions in Ireland

Roadsigns in Ireland

Have you ever tried to ask for directions in Ireland. Or maybe you are sending a letter, and wondering about a postal code for the end of the address? If you sending a letter in Ireland, you may notice that you are not required to add the extra post code, but somehow your letter arrives […]

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