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Hi, we're Mike and Carina. We travel Ireland and the Irish ancestral trails of the world, connect with people of Irish descent and share the resulting stories, photos, videos and podcasts with you.

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Roadsigns in Ireland

Finding Your Way – Directions in Ireland

Next month we are heading off to St. John’s in Newfoundland – and we’re really looking forward to our trip down the Irish immigrant trail in North America. Did you know that Newfoundland has the “distinction” of being the only place outside Europe given a distinct name in Irish? It was called “Talamh an Éisc”…

On Mont Royal - From Fairy-Gaul to the Irish in Montreal

From Fairy-Gaul to the Irish in Montreal

Just last night, we had a lovely dinner of poached salmon, new potatoes and green beans. The reason I mention this is because we celebrate the old feast of “Lughnasa” (pronounced Loo-nasa) about this time of year. It’s a traditional time in Ireland to mark the beginning of the harvest – and it certainly feels…

Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas of Kilkenny

Saint Nicholas of Kilkenny

Do you remember being a child in the run up to Christmas? For most of us it was a wondrous time – and maybe you are still lucky to see that wonder in the eyes of your own children or grandchildren? In our house, among the very many preparations for Christmas, there was a focus…

Irish Memorial Saint John New Brunswick - Partridge Island, Saint John

Partridge Island, Saint John

I’m writing to you from the City of Montreal – as we continue our journey along the Irish Ancestry Trail in North America. I’m having some straight-up Montreal coffee as I write – and I do hope you’ll have a cup of whatever you fancy as we start into today’s letter. Just a couple of…

Grosse Ile - Grosse Ile - The Original Isle of Tears

Grosse Ile – The Original Isle of Tears

We’re spending our last day in Toronto as we conclude this leg of the “Irish Ancestry Trail”. One of our readers, Tony Dolan from Prince Edward Island in Canada – recently shared a story. Tony emigrated to Canada from County Roscommon in the 1970s and started work as a chef. He stayed in close contact…