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Castles in Ireland – Our Top 22

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  These are our favourite castles in Ireland – but I must admit, we have limited our selection to Irish castles that we have been to, photographed and enjoyed. I’m sure you have your own – some may be on our list and others may only be on yours! Did your Gaelic/Norman family occupy a […]

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Irish Norman Surnames

Do You Have Irish Norman Surnames in Your Family Tree? When we hear the word “Norman” in Ireland today, we often think of the “Anglo-Norman” invasion of Ireland in 1170 that we learned about in school. Many of my own friends today have Norman surnames – Roche, Barry, Fitzgerald and so on. We attended the […]

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The Surnames of County Mayo

The surnames of County Mayo. Here are the County Mayo surnames in the family trees of our Readers. Is your County Mayo surname here? If not, just let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it. Here we see a beautiful picture of Achill Island in the sunshine – imagine that!

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Are you from County Tipperary?

The names of County Tipperary – and seat of the Kings of Munster – Cashel. For all who are Bermingham Buckley Burke Butler Dwyer Egan Fogarty Forrestal Gleeson Hayes Hickey Hogan Kearney Keating Kelly Kennedy Lonergan Maher McCarthy McGrath Montague Mooney Morris Morrisey O’Brien O’Mara Plunkett Purcell Quirke Riordan Ryan Spillane Tierney Walsh Some people […]

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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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