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The Convict Irish in Australia – A Trip to Van Diemen’s Land (#401)

Rowan Gillespie Hobart

Were any of your Irish ancestors shipped to Australia as convicts? Join us as we travel around Tasmania off the south coast of Australia – a place known to many of our Irish ancestors as “Van Diemen’s Land”. You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button above (the […]

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Do You Like this Irish Folklore collection?

Have you ever seen the National Irish Folklore schools collection? This is a very special resource that can be used to discover just what life was like for your Irish ancestors – the customs, work habits and more. In this letter we look at the story of just one of our readers – and show […]

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The Irish Language and a Terrible Story of Injustice

The Irish Language is still freely spoken in the western region of Ireland by many inhabitants, as it was the last region of Ireland to be colonised. However, in the late 1800s this lack of knowledge of the English language came to harm a resident of Galway. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome […]

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From County Mayo to a Wagon Train out West

In this letter we follow the path of one Irish immigrant who journeyed from County Mayo all the way across the prairies of America. What makes his story so special is that it is told in an interview of one of his descendants.  Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. […]

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Top 10 Irish Surnames

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The Top 10 Irish Surnames. When you embark on your journey of tracing your Irish roots, you most likely have a surname to launch your search from.  Chances are you may even have one of the top 10 Irish surnames somewhere in your tree. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from […]

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