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


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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!

Listen to the Audio.

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button (the triangle with the circle around it) below. You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download button. Enjoy!

Read The Letters.

In this episode, Mike and Carina read from two of our letters from Ireland. Click on the titles below to see the full transcript of each letter so you can read along:

Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.

  • Shelley Rider says:

    Great article! Even better is that I have been trying to figure out where Creg near Castlelyons is. I have a copy of an ancestor’s letter (Johanna O’Brien) from 1786. She signs off to direct correspondence to that location. So ironic that you would mention that!

  • Eric says:

    I loved this episode. So very helpful. Thank you for teaching me the meaning of Cnoc, which evolved into Knock, which means hills. Now I understand a little more about the place my ancestors came from, Knockagarran. Please share with me some more information about Knockagarran and County Dongal. Slán for now, Eric Mayes.

  • Hermine McLaughlin says:

    Mike & Carina:
    Loved, love, love being able hear you pronounce the words. I have everything in this week’s episode down pat! Okay, not really everything but some of it.

    I had no idea there was so much to learn about the hedge schools.

    It’s wonderful to hear more about the backgrounds of some of our fellow Green Room members. I feel I should apply myself to learning more about Limerick – homeland of my Caswells & Fitzgibbons – not least because I have succeeded in causing my brother to fall in love with our Caswells. My slim hope of seeing him decide to have his Y-chromosomal DNA tested hinges on this infatuation.

    Can’t wait to hear your next episode.


    • Mike says:

      Thanks a million for the feedback Hermine, delighted you are enjoying the podcasts – we’re only getting started! Mike.

  • Penny Brown says:

    I understand my family name is Mc Auliffe, but can find any on your site . They where was Country Cook. Have your heard that name? Also could you point me in the rigth direction . Because I can’t find them in County Cook.
    Thank you for and help.
    I am struck.

    • Janet says:

      I think it means County Cork. I have a great great grandmother with the maiden name McAuliffe. I found her baptism record in St. Mary’s Church Records in Cork City. She was born in 1815.She died in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1850 and 1860. She married Dennis Desmond before 1842. They were in Toronto Canada before they came to Cincinnati around 1840.

  • jane says:

    family names include McBride, McDermott, Farrell, Buhaney Did a dna test thru Ancestry says my family is from Connaught ? Family says Langford , Roscommon or Sligo ? Any info greatly appreciated

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