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The Surnames of County Waterford

Named by the Vikings for it’s lovely location on the water, the county of Waterford has long been a centre of trade.  This accounts for the variety of surnames that can be found in both the city of Waterford, and the county. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. Last […]

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Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

On the last leg of our journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we traveled around the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Tralee. On this leg, we leave Tralee and head into North Kerry, before crossing on the ferry to County Clare, around the Loop Head peninsula and finishing up in the town of Kilkee. I […]

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County Tipperary Surnames and Places

Have you ever heard of County Tipperary? Chances are, you may not have heard of it if it was not for the World War 1 anthem “It’s a long way to Tipperary” OR if you have family that came from this landlocked Irish county originally.

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County Clare – The Palace of Kincora

A “ruin” in the County Clare – but what is it’s significance ….. well, there are a couple of layers here, so pay attention (specially all you O’Briens out there) This is Killaloe in County Clare and you are looking at the ruins of the Oratory of Saint Molua which was moved here from an […]

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Is your family a member of the Dal gCais Tribe?

For many centuries – Ireland was a tribal society (and some would argue it remains fundamentally so today). The Dalcassians were a Gaelic Irish tribe who rose to prominence specially in the 10th century. They get their name from Cormac Cas of the 3rd century. Brian Bóru is perhaps the best known king from this […]

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