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Have you Visited the Irish Famine Museum?

Many of our shared ancestors left Ireland because of the Great Irish Famine. Here is the story of just one of those locations that was severely affected – and it became the site for the Irish Famine Museum today.   Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. If […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

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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Four Irish-Canadian Stories

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The Irish Canadians. When the Irish were forced to embark from their homeland, many think of America, England, or Australia as the ports where they landed. In this letter, we will visit the land of Canada, which was the migratory destination of 5 million people of Irish descent. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are […]

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

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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Is your Surname Buried in an Irish Placename?

It’s amazing just how many placenames in Ireland come from the surnames of the leading family of the area. Often, this name is “buried” in the placename as it evolved from the original Irish language. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. We’re just back from a great trip to […]

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