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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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The Stone Circles and Druids of Ireland

Ancient stone circle

Have you heard of the Druids of Ireland? Long before Christianity reached Ireland’s shores, there was a complex culture of beliefs involving the practices of law, medicine, and the oral tradition. In this letter we discuss the Druids, the ancient intellectual class of ancient Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from […]

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Green, White and the Orange Order

Do you have a favourite colour that you like to wear? In this letter, we look at the Orange Order – and visit a part of Ireland where the colour your choose to wear, symbolises your family’s history and heritage. Imagine green being republican, orange being unionist, and white to signify the peace between the […]

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Have you Unpacked Your Irish Family Tree?

Irish road signs

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this very fine Autumn week (at least here in County Cork!). We’re seeing our first mentions of “Halloween” – a sure sign that the summer is in the rear-view mirror. I hope you are doing well wherever this letter finds you in the world […]

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The Brehon Families of Ireland – Is Your Surname Here?

Céad Míle Failte wherever you are – from County Cork. The weather has broken a bit today – lots of cloud around, but still nice and warm. Hope it’s good wherever you are. Have you ever had a “run-in” with the law where you live? Just last week we got our first 2 “penalty points” […]

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