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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 One-Armed Wonderboy of Oriel

From the region of Ireland once known as “Airgialla” – later know as “Oriel”, there emerged a soccer player whose skill and prowess at the game was not diminished by the fact that he had only one arm. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. How are things in your […]

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

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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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If you took all the Gaelic Surnames out of Ireland – what would be left?

Today we’re looking at Viking, Norman, Galloglass and Planter (English and Scottish) names. Let’s take a few examples using one of our Readers – Patricia Clarke (thanks, Patricia J ). Patricia gave me six of her family names: Byrnes, Clarke, Halpin, Leonard, Martin and Rafferty.

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Viking Surnames and more

Do you have any Viking Surnames in your Family tree? I wonder if they are still asleep in the hut above – now might be a good time to strike! The Vikings appeared in Ireland about the 800s – and established strongholds in most of the current-day cities – Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Wexford. […]

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