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.
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!).
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!
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.
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Slán for now,
Mike and Carina.
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