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Is this the First Irish Canadian?

Céad Míle Fáilte – and I hope you are keeping well on what is a sunny morning here in Cork. Here we are in the first days of July – lots of celebration in the USA with Independence Day, and also in Canada with Canada day on July 1st. And, it is Canada we will look […]

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The Tribes of Galway.

Tribes of Galway

Have you ever heard of “The Tribes of Galway”? Maybe your family came from one of these tribes? When people talk about Irish names, they often use words like ‘clan’ or ‘sept’ or sometimes even ‘tribe’ (one of my favourites) to describe particular groups of families? Well, this morning we are going to have a […]

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Castles in Ireland – Our Top 22

Irish castle

  These are our favourite castles in Ireland – but I must admit, we have limited our selection to Irish castles that we have been to, photographed and enjoyed. I’m sure you have your own – some may be on our list and others may only be on yours! Did your Gaelic/Norman family occupy a […]

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One Irish Castle and Many Irish Names

Have you ever visited an Irish Castle? Nowadays, some are mountains of ivy-covered rubble – while others are beautifully restored houses and museums. But, all of these castles and tower-houses have a history – and that history is usually intertwined with the history and genealogy of different Irish families. Just this morning, I took the […]

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To Hell or to Connaught!

Have a look – would you call this hell? “To Hell or to Connaught!” – was the choice given by Oliver Cromwell to the native Irish in 1653 as he pushed on with the English plantation of settlers in the good land left behind. Here is a picture of Ballyconneely in Connemara – a beautiful […]

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