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The Surnames of County Waterford

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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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Do you have an Irish Viking Surname?

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Do you have an Irish Viking Surname? Sharing the Atlantic Ocean with the wandering Viking race, means there is sure to be many interactions. Throughout history the Norse visited and settled the coasts of Ireland, and even built inland cities. The surnames of Ireland reflect this history. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very […]

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The Wine Geese of France

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All about the Irish “Wine Geese of France”. When you think of the beverages of Ireland maybe a spot of tea comes to mind, a drop of whiskey, or a pint of Guinness…but how about a glass of wine? Ireland has a long history of trading wine that starts with a friendship with France. In […]

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The Journey of an Irish Royal Family.

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In this letter – we look at the journey of an ancient Irish Royal family around the north half of Ireland over many centuries. This “journey” was typical of many Irish families following the arrival of the Normans and the later plantations. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this […]

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Irish Sayings – Is there Room for the Irish language in your Life?

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Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. The weather here is getting wetter by the day, almost in biblical proportions – a dry day seems rarer than a hens tooth. I hear that many of our friends in North America are “enjoying” the first snowfalls of the year all of […]

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