A New Podcast – Welcome to The Letter from Ireland Show (#101)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this very first episode, Carina and Mike Collins introduce you to The Letter From Ireland Show. We talk about our own background and Irish family trees to get us all in the mood! We start by "Unpacking" Mikes family tree (just a little) - and then we move on to "unpacking" one side of Carina's family tree.

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A New Podcast – Welcome to The Letter from Ireland Show (#101)

We are delighted to introduce The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that will go out each Thursday from a cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this very first episode to see what our plans are – and to 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: One Man and 35 Irish Surnames. In this letter, Mike talks about his great-grandfather – who was a boat-builder near Ballydehob in rural West Cork. It’s amazing just how many surnames came out of that spot and that one man.
  • Letter 2: Have You Unpacked Your Irish Family Tree? In this letter, Carina talks about a the small village in the north of County Cork – and the family names located there that made up her mother’s 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.

  • Carolyn H born Oliver says:

    So nice listening to both of you. The introductions to your families was lovely.

  • I enjoyed hearing of both of your ancestors and comments about the areas.

  • Lisa Rahlf says:

    I love your letters and now being able listening to you both. I found your website while searching for information on my great-grandfather John Richard Onley who came to America in 1881, he was originally from Cork, Ireland. But unfortunately, that is where my search has stopped at, I can find nothing more on him.

    But I just like you both to know that I truly enjoy reading your letter and now to be able to listen to you is so wonderful…thank you so much for it.

    Lisa Ralf
    Sand Spring, Oklahoma

    • Mike says:

      Delighted you are enjoying the written and spoken letters. Are you sure your John lived in Cork – and did not just travel from Cork? Mike.

  • cfmfan1 says:

    Loved this! Now having the sound of your voices to go with the Picture and the letters which I enjoy so much. Thanks for sharing.

  • MaryAnne Beyer-Tweed says:

    Love to hear your voices & your family stories! This just keeps getting better & better! Thank you, Mike & Carina!

  • Kathleen Riley Slyngstad Aho says:

    Very enjoyable! Thank you for making this format available. So informative!
    Kathy Aho (a grand daughter of two separate Riley families)

  • Shirley Consodine Granahan says:

    Great to put a voice with each of those faces . . . you sound a lot like what I hear in my head every Sunday when I read your letter! Hope you both have a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for all you do to help people link to their pasts.

  • Lynne Lipsey says:

    I really enjoyed listening to your stories. I am still in the process of taking my great grandmother’s parents back from New York and Illinois in the mid 1800s to their origins in Ireland. My great grandmother was Katherine O’Sullivan (1851-1919). She was born in New York, married in Illinois and died in Michigan. Her father was Dennis O’Sullivan. I have found so many families in the United States with these names. There is still much research to do to identify where to look in Ireland. When I can locate their village I look forward to joining in a proper conversation and learning more thanks to your work.

  • Mike says:

    Hi Lynne – delighted you enjoy them – much more to come. Hard to find an O’Sullivan outside Cork and kerry (but not impossible!) Mike.

  • Virginia says:

    Greetings from America. I’m delighted to find your website. Last year a male cousin of mine participated in the National Geographic DNA project. Results of the test showed that 80% of modern day persons living in Ireland today share our ancestry. Looking forward to connecting with relatives in Ireland.

  • marion_431@hotmail.com says:

    Hi, Just listened to your first letters and it was nice to hear both of you relating your family history.
    Wish I had some personal letters from ancestors, so I have started making a store of memorabilia which pertain to my parents. Their diaries and letters can then be read and enjoyed by my children and their descendants to come.

    • Mike says:

      Great idea Marion – never too late to start collecting – I’m sure you will make some interesting discoveries and connections. Mike.

  • Ken Duckett says:

    These really show the holistic family tree with the names really branching out and extending in such an entertaining way.
    Brilliant work Mike and Carina
    Very best wishes for Christmas and New Year

    • Mike says:

      Thanks Ken for the feedback – delighted you enjoyed it as what you say was our intention. Many happy returns to you, Mike.

  • Laura McGinley says:

    Hope you will cover the McGinley, Burns and Cunninghams from Donegal. I have not been able to find out a lot. Enjoyed the first letter.. a little late in commenting though.

  • Laura McGinley says:

    So nice to hear your Irish voices!

  • Sandy Laferriere says:

    It is nice to go back over your trips. It’s like reading a good book twice…..you see and hear things you missed the first time. ????