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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!

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We are delighted to bring you Episode 6 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

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:

Letter 1: Irish Townlands – How They Got Their Names.

In this letter, we look at one of the most frequent questions we get on the Letter from Ireland – how do Irish places get their names – and how do I pronounce them???

Letter 2: Irish Surnames that Say Where you Came from.

In this letter, we chat about a specific group of Irish surnames that say where you came from – maybe you have one of them in your Irish family tree?

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.

    Hermine.

    • 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.
    Penny

  • 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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