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Irish Surnames That Say Where You Came From

Irish Surnames

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. Spring has really sprung in this part of Ireland – the birds are singing wonderfully at dawn. I guess we’ll be getting used to it soon – and calling it “a terrible racket”!  I hope the weather isn’t treating you too […]

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The Warrior Galloglass Surnames of Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. Well now, the weather’s really changed over the week here in County Cork. We have high winds, sharp air and a threat of local flooding. And just last Sunday we were swimming in the sea! I do hope you are keeping well wherever you […]

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The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

Irish countryside

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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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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When Did your family COME to Ireland?

Dingle

Let me explain about the names: We are all familiar with the concept of “emigration” and Ireland. We all arrived at some point – some stayed and some passed through after some generations. All left their imprints. Like to add your Irish surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to […]

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