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Irish Civil Records – and the Origins of One Irish Grandmother

Carina and a character in the folk park

Have you used the Irish Civil Records recently? These Irish Civil Records (Births, Marriages and Deaths) are a very useful way to track down the origins of one of your Irish ancestors – and most are both available online and for free! See how we recently used them in this reader’s letter from Ireland. Céad […]

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Where Did The Irish Come From? The Origins of the Irish.

The Origins of the Irish

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Irish? In this letter, we look at the myths and stories that have endured down through the years – as well as visiting a very particular building in northern Spain associated with the Irish origin story. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to this […]

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Irish Surname Evolution.

Have you ever wondered about Irish Surname Evolution? Irish surnames’ spellings have long been the victim of change when being converted from the spoken Irish to the phonetic English. In this letter, we will use two surnames as examples of how this practice of transcribing changed the look of countless surnames. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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Daniel McDonald – Painting Ireland During the Famine

Art can provide a visual portal to a time in history that has otherwise faded from collective memory.  In this letter we look at the work of a young Irish painter – Daniel McDonald – who provoked his contemporaries with a revolutionary topic, that still stirs the modern viewer. Céad Míle Fáilte – you are […]

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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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