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Pride and Prejudice and Three Irish Surnames

One of the most popular “period” novels of all time is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Her colourful characters, searching for a perfect match, have charmed readers for generations. In this letter, we will be introduced to the Irish surnames of her best-known heroes and heroines. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are welcome to this […]

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

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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Saints, Scholars and Irish Family Surnames

Did any of your Irish family surnames come from an old Irish scholarly family? The “saints and scholars” or early Ireland were an essential part of passing down our traditions and culture – and they are still venerated in Ireland today. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. I grabbed my cup […]

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The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.

In last week’s newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the lens of this map – showing the major Tribes of Ireland at his time. Now, let’s take a […]

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Like to run an Irish Castle for a Day?

Would you like to run an Irish Castle for a day? Sound exciting? But we’re not just talking about a castle – also the large family estate of lands that surround it.

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