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Is That Jerry with a J? Is This Biblical Name Irish?

Do you have names like “Jeremiah” or “Cornelius” in your Irish family tree? These names obviously come from the bible – but you may be surprised by the ancient Irish names that lie just under their surface! Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. It’s a great time of […]

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Where Did Kavanaugh Come From?

Here is the unusual story of an Irish surname – Kavanagh (or Kavanaugh) – that never had an “O” or a “Mac” before it. It was born at a very troublesome time in Irish history – when the various chieftains were only looking after their own self-interests and one of them “invited” the Norman English […]

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Top 10 Irish Surnames

Beautiful Irish greenery

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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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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From the Banks of the Rhine to the Banks of the Shannon

Were any of your ancestors Irish Palatines? There are many tales of connections between Ireland and Scotland, or Ireland and Spain, or Ireland and France, but what about Germany? In this letter, a special group of migrants will be discussed, those who left the land of the River Rhine to settle the land of the […]

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