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Surnames of County Cork – 1

The surnames of County Cork.The picture is of “Ahanfunsion” bridge (the Ford of the Ash trees) in West Cork. – the legendary site of a pre-historic battle. The Ash trees are said to descend from the original Ashes planted by the victor of that battle. This bridge was also blown up in the War of […]

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County Clare – The Palace of Kincora

A “ruin” in the County Clare – but what is it’s significance ….. well, there are a couple of layers here, so pay attention (specially all you O’Briens out there) This is Killaloe in County Clare and you are looking at the ruins of the Oratory of Saint Molua which was moved here from an […]

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From the Da Vinci Code to Castlemartyr

Have you read the DaVinci Code? It was a superseller some years back – with layer upon layer of conspiracy and intrigue. One of the societies mentioned was the “Knights Templar”. The castle you see above was built by the Knights Templar in1210 in Castlemartyr in East Cork. They fell dramatically out of favour some […]

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Is your family a member of the Dal gCais Tribe?

For many centuries – Ireland was a tribal society (and some would argue it remains fundamentally so today). The Dalcassians were a Gaelic Irish tribe who rose to prominence specially in the 10th century. They get their name from Cormac Cas of the 3rd century. Brian Bóru is perhaps the best known king from this […]

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