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From County Mayo to a Wagon Train out West

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In this letter we follow the path of one Irish immigrant who journeyed from County Mayo all the way across the prairies of America. What makes his story so special is that it is told in an interview of one of his descendants.  Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

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Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

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Do you have Irish surnames in your family tree? If the answer is yes, then read on – and discover more about the surnames of Ireland, where they come from – and see if you can spot some of your Irish surnames. When a new reader signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland – we […]

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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

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Let’s use a recent Irish sporting occasion to examine the origins of two Irish Counties. In this letter we will see how the colours of Irish team jerseys represent not just the county they play for, but also the history of sport keeping the spirit of the people lifted during hard times. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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Would You Like to Hear the Tale of an Irish Knight?

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An irish knight in battle

Did you ever wonder if you might have an Irish knight in your family tree? In this letter, we go back in time to the Ireland of the 1100s, where Norman knights were invading, settling, and passing their names down to future generations of Irish. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your very own […]

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