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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

Did you ever wonder where your town got its name? Does it have a twin city with the same name, in another part of the world? In this letter, we will see how Irish town names often travelled with Irish immigrants to the far off places they settled. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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Irish Vikings – A Walk on the Viking Meadow

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Do you have any “Irish Vikings” in your family tree? Have you ever taken a walk on “The Viking Meadow”? That is the translation for Wicklow Town on the east coast of Ireland. The town also gives County Wicklow it’s name. So what is all this about Vikings? Do read on…. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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Irish Nicknames and your Irish Surname

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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A Letter from Australia to Ireland

While the people of Ireland migrated to the four corners of the world, one destination was picked for many of them, the far-off land of Australia.  In this letter, we meet a reader who shares the story of her family’s journey from Wicklow to Melbourne. Céad Míle Failte and you are very welcome to this […]

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Do you have an Irish Viking Surname?

Do you have an Irish Viking Surname? Sharing the Atlantic Ocean with the wandering Viking race, means there is sure to be many interactions. Throughout history the Norse visited and settled the coasts of Ireland, and even built inland cities. The surnames of Ireland reflect this history. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very […]

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