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Have You Heard of The Irish Patriot called Michael Collins?

We take a look into the tribal background – and home – of an Irish Patriot called Michael Collins who was made famous by his deeds in the history books and movies. Céad Míle Fáilte – welcome to the Letter from Ireland for this week. How are things in your part of the world? The […]

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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

Did you ever wonder where your town got its name? Does it have a twin city with the same name, in another part of the world? In this letter, we will see how Irish town names often travelled with Irish immigrants to the far off places they settled. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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Saint Nicholas of Kilkenny

Children the world over await the arrival of Saint Nicholas at Christmastime, envisioning his arrival by sleigh from some secret homeland at the North Pole. In this letter we will visit Kilkenny, the possible resting place of the actual Saint Nicholas. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to your Letter from Ireland […]

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Irish Hounds and Irish Surnames

Irish hounds

What do Irish Hounds and Irish surnames have to do with each other? Did you ever wonder about the origin of your Irish surname? Maybe it had to do with a particular place, or a personality trait of a long distant ancestor? Perhaps it might even have to do with an important animal in the […]

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The Penal Laws – and A Tale of Love and Loss

Art O'Leary burial

Have you ever heard of the “Penal Laws” in Ireland? During the 1700s, certain laws were put in place that forbade Roman Catholics (and Presbyterians) from assuming certain offices and owning property above a certain value. Here is the story of one couple who lived during  this time. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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