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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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Have you heard of The Irish Banshee?

The season of Halloween, or Samhain in Ireland, is associated with early darkness, rising wind, falling leaves, and the fear of “spooks” on the prowl . In this letter we discuss the role of the legendary howling voice of Samhain, the Banshee. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland! We’ve […]

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It’s a Long Way from Tipperary to New Jersey

It’s a Long way from Tipperary to New Jersey! We always like to feature reader’s Letters here on the Blog. The following is based on a letter from Lynne Klemens from New Jersey in the USA – and we have a conversation about the likely details around her County Tipperary ancestors, which I have surrounded […]

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Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

On the last leg of our journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we traveled around the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Tralee. On this leg, we leave Tralee and head into North Kerry, before crossing on the ferry to County Clare, around the Loop Head peninsula and finishing up in the town of Kilkee. I […]

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The Irish Surname O’Connor/Connor/Conner/Conners/Connors

Deborah Crown was on wonder about the Irish surname “Conners“. You can read Deborah’s question and story at the end of this post.

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