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Surnames of County Cork – 1

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The surnames of County Cork.The picture is of “Ahanfunsion” bridge (the Ford of the Ash trees) in West Cork. – the legendary site of a pre-historic battle. The Ash trees are said to descend from the original Ashes planted by the victor of that battle. This bridge was also blown up in the War of […]

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When Did your family COME to Ireland?

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Let me explain about the names: We are all familiar with the concept of “emigration” and Ireland. We all arrived at some point – some stayed and some passed through after some generations. All left their imprints. Like to add your Irish surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to […]

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How Irish is Your Irish Ancestry?

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Do you have Irish Ancestry? Just how Irish are you? Lets put things into perspective: Around about the 1700s – 1900s: The ancestors of many of the readers of this page headed towards the colonies, the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand.

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Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay

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Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay. “We were close enough to toss a biscuit ashore.” Words from Wolfe Tones diary. Wolfe Tone travelled with 43 ships of the French Armada to this spot – Bantry Bay in Cork – in December 1796. But bad weather intervened and a general nervousness forced a decision to return to […]

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Dun na Sead Castle

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Dun na Sead Castle in Baltimore, West Cork – home of the O’Driscolls! Yesterday I asked “what was the connection between this castle and the US TV series “The Wire”. Answer: They were both shot in Baltimore! Just different Baltimores (although both come from the Irish “Baile an Ti Mor” – town of the big […]

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