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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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Irish Norman Surnames

Do You Have Irish Norman Surnames in Your Family Tree? When we hear the word “Norman” in Ireland today, we often think of the “Anglo-Norman” invasion of Ireland in 1170 that we learned about in school. Many of my own friends today have Norman surnames – Roche, Barry, Fitzgerald and so on. We attended the […]

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The Surnames of County Tipperary

Here are the surnames of County Tipperary! Names supplied by our readers – their ancestors came from County Tipperary originally. Is your County Tipp name here? If not – let me know what you want to add in the comment section below. Names are: Ahern, Aylward, Bannon, Barry, Beary, Blake, Bonney, Browne, Brunnock, Burgess,  Butler, […]

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A Roadtrip Around 16 Counties of Ireland – Part 4

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  A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 16 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.

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In last week’s newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the lens of this map – showing the major Tribes of Ireland at his time. Now, let’s take a […]

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