Podcast Archive

Welcome to the podcast archive page for "The Letter from Ireland Podcast". Here you'll find a link to all of our podcast episodes covering Irish Genealogy & Family History, Irish Surnames, Irish Culture & Customs, Ireland Travel and much more.


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Holland & Brown – 2 Irish Giants of Naval History (#731)

In this episode we look at the story of two men born seventy years apart on the west coast of Ireland – who went on to make a substantial mark on naval history. William Brown was born into poverty in County Mayo but went on to become the father of the Argentinian Navy while John…

When Did Your Ancestor ARRIVE in Ireland (#730)

Did you know that Ireland was an uninhabited, ice-covered piece of ground up to about 10,000 years ago? Since then, many waves of immigrants have arrived in Ireland and made it more of a “melting Pot” than many of us might imagine. In this episode we look at the arrival in Ireland of two of…

Old Irish Culture and Traditions (#729)

In this very special episode we take a trip around Inishmore – the largest of the Aran Islands – in the company of Cyril O’Flaherty. Cyril is a well known local historian and artist and gives a special insight into many old Irish culture and traditions as we travel around – many of which are…

Ireland, Religion, Methodists, Quakers & Pennsylvania (#728)

We look at two of Ireland’s minority religions – the Methodists and the Quakers. We tell stories, share music and make a surprising connection from a village in county Cork to the first Quaker colonies in Pennsylvania.

Carina and a character in the folk park

Ulster Scots and the Orange Order (#727)

The 12th of July is a holiday across the 6 counties of Northern Ireland. It is the day that many celebrate by participating in marching bands, having barbecues and enjoying the holiday with their families in different ways. In this episode we look at the arrival of the Scots in the counties of Ulster –…

Irish Proverbs and Irish Accents (#726)

We chat about Irish sayings and proverbs in their original Irish, how to pronounce them and what they mean in English. Also, three very beautiful Irish songs in their original Irish. Hope you enjoy!

Enjoy the High Spirits of the Irish (#725)

Carina and Mike chat about Irish Whiskey and other fine Irish concoctions! They share some Irish drinking songs along the way with lots of Irish history, surnames, genealogy, chat and craic along the way.

Irish music

The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks (#724)

In todays extended Irish Musical episode – called “The Evolution of Irish Music in 12 Tracks” – we bring you a very personal selection of Irish music from Mike. As he works (enjoys!) his way through a very personal selection of music, he chats about Irish history, culture and just why he selected each track…

Solving The Mystery of Irish Surnames – Two Examples (#723)

Have you ever wondered how the Irish surnames in your family tree came about? Understanding just HOW your Irish surnames developed is KEY to understanding more about your Irish origins and likely locations in Ireland. In this episode we take two very different Irish surnames and use them to illustrate the sometimes simple – and…

Inside the Hedge Schools of Ireland (#722)

In this episode we take a trip inside the “Hedge Schools” of Ireland – places of learning that were dotted around Ireland right up to the mid-1800s. We also look at the prevalence of so many biblical/latin first names in Ireland – names such as Jeremiah or Cornelius – and explain just why they were…