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Irish Placenames – A Journey along an old Irish Road (#110)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 10 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina looks at how Irish placenames are created – and takes us on a journey along an old Irish road. We are delighted to bring you Episode 10 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday […]

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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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Elvis Presley and the Shillelagh

When the Irish immigrated to the four corners of the earth, they brought a portable piece of home with them, their music. In this letter we will visit how Irish folk music has gone on to influence musical movements the world over, even producing one Elvis Presley in America. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome […]

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Irish Placenames – Is Your Surname Hidden in One of These Places? (#106)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 6 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins look at Irish placenames – the easy and the difficult! But, don’t worry – we’ll break it down to be easier – and tell a few stories along the way! We are delighted to bring you Episode 6 of The Letter […]

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Irish Surnames That Say Where You Came From

Irish Surnames

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. Spring has really sprung in this part of Ireland – the birds are singing wonderfully at dawn. I guess we’ll be getting used to it soon – and calling it “a terrible racket”!  I hope the weather isn’t treating you too […]

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