Just this week I have had the following question asked a number of times: “Where in Ireland does my x surname come from?”. It’s a fundamental question for many of us – after all, we all like a sense of place in our lives. So, I thought it would be useful to share the following…

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At the moment I’m preparing an article that centres on the County Kerry village of “Kilgarvan”. This comes from the Irish for “Church of Saint Garvin” and travelling around the country in Ireland. I am always struck by the amount of places named for Irish saints of varying antiquity. For many centuries, places associated with…

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Beautiful Irish greenery

Today we’re going to put a focus on the Top 10 Irish Surnames among our readers – perhaps your Irish surname is among them? When people sign up for the Letter for the first time, we ask them to share the Irish surnames in their family tree – and the county they believe they came…

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