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Shackleton and St. Brendan – Irish Explorers who Took on The World (#112)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 12 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina looks at two stories of Irish explorers who took on the world. They were born centuries apart, but that spirit of adventure comes through in both of these letters.  We are delighted to bring you Episode 12 of The Letter […]

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Ernest Shackleton and the Irish Antarctic Connection.

During the Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration, two men from Ireland achieved nearly impossible feats of bravery and endurance in the race to the South Pole. In this letter we will meet Ernest Shackleton and the Irish explorers who took on the one of the harshest landscapes and survived. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome […]

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The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Hands up if you have been to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry? We continued on our trip along the Wild Atlantic Way (check out the last leg of our journey – around the Ring of Kerry). The last leg finished in Killorglin in County Kerry – and this time we start in Milltown and […]

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The Surnames of County Mayo

The surnames of County Mayo. Here are the County Mayo surnames in the family trees of our Readers. Is your County Mayo surname here? If not, just let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it. Here we see a beautiful picture of Achill Island in the sunshine – imagine that!

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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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