A Letter from Ireland:
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Irish Nicknames and your Irish Surname

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Irish nicknames often make their way into surnames. Many people have a “nickname” that may be based on a personality trait, their appearance, or just a term of family endearment. In this letter we will see how nicknames in Ireland included one’s surname, and evolved into whole new surnames over time. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

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We hit the famous “Ring of Kerry” on the next leg of our trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (you can see details of our last leg around the Ring of Beara here). I must say, we chose two of the worst days to photograph scenery of any class! Visibility was down to a few […]

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Beara Peninsula and Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way

For our next leg of our trip around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we left the town of Bantry and started on a tour around the Beara Peninsula (you can see more about our last leg here). The Beara Peninsula is sometimes referred to as “Ireland’s forgotten peninsula” – which as a description is way out […]

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Did your Family Live in an Irish Castle?

I often get asked – “did my family own Irish Castles?” It’s the ultimate fairy tale – Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses all living in beautiful old castles.

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