Irish Country Life, Irish Countryside and Irish Leather Goods…

Your letter from Ireland shorts from the 1st of August 2023.

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Irish Country Life, Irish Countryside and Irish Leather Goods…

Céad míle fáilte, welcome to your Letter from Ireland “Shorts”.  Each Tuesday we’ll bring you a quick-read of some of our favourite and interesting Irish things for this week.

Turlough Park. 
Just outside Castlebar in County Mayo, you’ll find the “Museum of Country Life” and Turlough park house (home of a branch of the Fitzgerald clan). Click here to explore the Museum and Turlough park with Carina.

Speaking of Turlough Park above, our Irish surname of the week is Fitzgerald. The lineage of the Fitzgeralds traces back to Maurice, the son of Gerald, who accompanied Strongbow and was married to the Princess of Wales. “Fitz” comes from the French “fils” which means “son”. The name which was introduced during the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1170. To see where the name appears in Ireland in the mid 1800s go to this page on

Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape edited by Jim McLaughlin and Sean Beattie. 
With its magnificent illustrations this book unveils the hidden treasures of Ireland’s landscape. From archaeology to villages, woodlands to monuments, it covers it all. Perfect for general readers, students and social history enthusiasts, the Atlas is a visual and informative treat. See the book on Amazon here.


Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras

Which translates to “hunger is the best sauce”.
Click here to hear it pronounced.

This is a well-used phrase in our house after a hungry days work.


We are big fans of Mishnóc (pronounced “Mish-knock” who make quality hand-crafted leather products like bags, belts (we particularly like the belts) and other pieces in Galway workshop. Have a look on more they have to offer here.

That’s it for this week. Send us an email with any of your own favourites for inclusion in future emails, or if you’re a plus member leave a comment below.

Slán for now,
Mike & Carina.

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