An Irish Saint Valentine

If you’re interested in how your Irish surnames came about – and the strands of Irish story and heritage wrapped up in them, well then – you’ve come to the right place. I’m having a cup of Barry’s tea as we start today’s letter – I do hope you’ll join me now with a cup…

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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

It’s a fine “soft day” here in County Cork this morning, there is a fine shroud of mist covering the hillside as well as keeping our complexions moist! The weather, being what it is today, gives us a good excuse to head to a local barstool later and enjoy watching the Green, Red and Blue…

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Irish Hounds and Irish Surnames

Irish hounds

Have you ever had difficulty figuring out the meaning of those Irish surnames in your family tree? Where on earth did those “Os” and “Macs” come from? How could “English” be an Irish surname? These are varieties of the many questions we receive on a weekly basis. Just this week, I was chatting with one…

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Do You Have an Irish Mammy in Your Life?

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button above (the triangle with the circle around it). You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download symbol. Enjoy! Episode Summary: Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this…

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