A Letter from Ireland:

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How The Irish Saved Civilisation

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. The weather has broken here in Cork over the last couple of days – we had the first rainfall for a month and it’s back to being cool in the morning and evenings. But, what of it! The heat and sunshine was a nice, unexpected […]

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Do You Use an Advent Calendar in Your House?

Each morning for the past number of weeks, our daughter Rosaleen heads downstairs to move the Advent calendar onto a new day. It’s a little ritual of hers at this time of year. When she was small, there was a new treat in there for each day (good training that worked ) – and it’s […]

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

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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The Irish Surname Carroll

Jan Jarrold got in touch to ask about the Irish Surname O’Carroll. You can see Jan’s story at the end of this post. The Origin of the name O’Carroll.

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The Irish Surname Coyle

Coyle (or Mac Coyle) comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chomhgaill. This literally translates as “devotee of St. Comgal”. This Irish name also translates into the surname “MacIlhoyle”. Today it is mainly found in the province of Ulster in Counties Donegal and Monaghan.

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