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Category Archives for Irish Language

The Ford Motor Car and Confusing Irish Surnames

Lifesize statue of an old Ford car

Do you have a confusing Irish surname in your family tree? It helps to understand the changes the surnames were forced through down the centuries as they were translated/transcribed from Irish into English. Here we explore some examples using a surname you may have heard of before now. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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The Irish Language and a Terrible Story of Injustice

The Irish Language is still freely spoken in the western region of Ireland by many inhabitants, as it was the last region of Ireland to be colonised. However, in the late 1800s this lack of knowledge of the English language came to harm a resident of Galway. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome […]

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What’s Your Name in Irish?

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Do you know your name in Irish? Many people have family nicknames, or shortened names, from their more formal forenames. In this letter we will examine Irish first names, to see how they match up with your own forename. Céad Míle Failte from County Cork – and I hope you are keeping well wherever you […]

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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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