Welcome to A Letter from Ireland! We’re honoured to have you as part of our Irish Heritage and Ancestry community.


While sites like Ancestry.com help you uncover the records of your Irish ancestors - We'll bring you all the way home!

Our mission is to travel the Irish ancestral trails of the world - meeting people, gathering stories and making connections - and then taking them back here to share with you!


If it’s your first time here, we know all of the information can be overwhelming, so we’ve created this page, with some of our very best resources, to get you started.

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If you’re wondering about the people behind A Letter from Ireland be sure to check out our about page to read our story and learn our philosophy. Then, sign up for our weekly letter and introduce yourself (see the next step). We love hearing from our readers!



We add to the Letter from Ireland all the time, so we’ve a number of ways to keep you up-to-date with everything.

First, Subscribe to our free weekly Letter from Ireland by clicking here - this is a weekly letter sent to your email intray on a Sunday morning. In the letter we chat about your the surnames, places, life and times of your Irish ancestry.  (Plus, you’ll also get a behind the scenes as we travel the Irish Ancestral Trail in Ireland and around the world - meeting lots of our readers and gathering stories, photos and videos along the way). Your email address will never be shared and you can unsubscribe at the touch of a button.


For us, the beauty of travel is the connection we make along the way – to people, to places, to culture and to history.

Here are the main categories that best describe what we get you to both here on the site and on the road - just click on any of the categories to see the letters, articles and podcasts in each.


Recent Letters & Podcasts

The Irish Goddess and the Irish Saint (#805)

We look at the connections between the Irish name “Brigid/Bridget”, Saint Bridget of Kildare and the Irish Celtic Goddess Brigid. This is all very appropriate as we come up to the celtic festival of “Imbolc” – celebrating the start of a celtic spring as well as Saint Brigid’s day. We hope you enjoy! You can…

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From an Irish Goddess to Saint Brigid

I often hear from readers who are frustrated with the number of Johns, Marys, Williams, Catherines etc. in their Irish family tree as it makes it nearly impossible to sort out who is who with any degree of certainty! Today, we’ll focus on one of these “recurring” Irish names, a name with ancient gaelic origins…

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10 Stops on a Musical Tour Around Ireland (#804)

This week we have a special episode that takes you around ten counties on the island of Ireland. We stop off at each point and share a song – as well as more on the place and the person featured in the song. Please note that this episode was broadcast in a different format inside…

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Another Mystery Solved: The Search for my Irish Grandfather (#803)

In this episode we trace the origins of Carina’s Irish grandfather – Bartholomew Cronin. He died well before she was born and she only recently realised how little she knew of his early days, the wider family and his final resting place”. So, join us as we look to solve this mystery – with plenty…

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A Mystery Solved: The Search for my Irish Grandmother (#802)

In this episode we trace the origins – and more – of Carina’s mystery Irish grandmother. I say “mystery” because Carina only ever knew her as “Granny Cronin”. So, join us as we look to solve this mystery – with plenty of journeys, unexpected turns, twists and interesting characters along the way. We hope you…

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