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Saint Brendan’s Voyage

St. Brendan

Many centuries before the Spanish and Dutch explorers were settling and trading in the New World, a humble Irish monk was making the voyage across the wild Atlantic seas in a tiny currach. In this letter we recount how a modern Irish sailor attempted a similar voyage in the duplicate craft, following the path of […]

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The Journey of an Irish Royal Family.

In this letter – we look at the journey of an ancient Irish Royal family around the north half of Ireland over many centuries. This “journey” was typical of many Irish families following the arrival of the Normans and the later plantations. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this […]

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Saints, Scholars and Irish Family Surnames

Did any of your Irish family surnames come from an old Irish scholarly family? The “saints and scholars” or early Ireland were an essential part of passing down our traditions and culture – and they are still venerated in Ireland today. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. I grabbed my cup […]

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The Tribes of Galway.

Tribes of Galway

Have you ever heard of “The Tribes of Galway”? Maybe your family came from one of these tribes? When people talk about Irish names, they often use words like ‘clan’ or ‘sept’ or sometimes even ‘tribe’ (one of my favourites) to describe particular groups of families? Well, this morning we are going to have a […]

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Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

On the last leg of our journey along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we traveled around the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Tralee. On this leg, we leave Tralee and head into North Kerry, before crossing on the ferry to County Clare, around the Loop Head peninsula and finishing up in the town of Kilkee. I […]

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