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From the High King of Ireland to South Australia

Did any of your Irish ancestors descend from a High King of Ireland? Many Irish surnames have an association with the family groupings around Ireland’s ancient High Kings – here is the story of just one of them in a reader’s letter. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to this week’s Letter […]

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Come Down to the Irish Pub

Irish surnames

Here is a Family History revolving around an Irish Pub. There is a lot of literature on the plight of the people who had to leave Ireland for various reasons, and not as much on the peoples who migrated to Ireland. In this letter, we will focus on one town in Cork, and look at […]

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United Surnames of Ireland

The Rugby Surnames of Ireland. Nothing brings out a loyal following like a sports match: the roar of the crowd, the elation of the win, the agony of the defeat. In this letter we will show how Ireland’s National Rugby team can leave aside “provincial politics” to make a power house team from the four […]

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The Surnames of County Waterford

Named by the Vikings for it’s lovely location on the water, the county of Waterford has long been a centre of trade.  This accounts for the variety of surnames that can be found in both the city of Waterford, and the county. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. Last […]

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Sheeps Head Peninsula and Bantry on the Wild Atlantic Way

We left Mizen Head to travel north on the next leg of our journey around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (if you want to see all about our last leg, you can catch up here). This leg takes us from the village of Durrus, out along the south of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula to the lighthouse […]

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