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A Tale of Two Cities – The Tenement Museums of Dublin and New York (#408)

In the late 1800s, hundreds of thousands of Irish people moved into the Tenement Buildings of Dublin and New York. In this Podcast, we travel to the Tenement Museums of both Dublin and New York to get an insight into what life was like in these buildings for our Irish ancestors.

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The Elementary Truth Behind Some Irish Surnames

Sherlock film poster

Do you enjoy reading (or watching!) Sherlock Holmes novels and TV adaptations? You might be surprised at the Irish connections of the author – Arthur Conan Doyle. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. How are things in your part of the world today? Well, the rain has returned here […]

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Beautiful Maureen O’Hara and 3 Irish Surnames

Red Hair

There have been some great Irish Hollywood stars down through the years – but Maureen O’Hara with her red hair, natural beauty and strong personality stands out for most us as one of the greats. In this letter we get Maureen to help us explain all about a number of Irish surnames in her heritage. […]

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Modern Slave Labour and The Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene Laundry

Have you ever heard of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland? Just recently, President Higgins presided over an apology to some of the living survivors of these horrific institutions. Here is just one woman’s story. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. How are things in your part of […]

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An Irish Song in London Town

Generations of Irish have crossed the Irish Sea in search of better jobs and opportunities in England. This migration, and separation from home, has inspired some beautiful music to be written by those homesick for Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. How are things in […]

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