___TVE_SHORTCODE_RAW__<h3><span style=”color: #800000;”>Newfoundland.</span></h3><p>We landed in <strong>St. John’s, Newfoundland</strong> at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment…

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If you’re interested in how your Irish surnames came about – and the strands of Irish story and heritage wrapped up in them, well then – you’ve come to the right place. I’m having a cup of Barry’s tea as we start today’s letter – I do hope you’ll join me now with a cup…

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A few weeks back, I mentioned Thomas Cahill’s book “How the Irish Saved Civilisation” – and I know a lot of our readers have already come across it. It tells the story of how Irish monks set about preserving Greek, Roman and early Christian knowledge through their manuscripts and teaching. It’s a wonderful little book…

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We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo above – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked quite…

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