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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Nova Scotia

The following shares our adventures on the Nova Scotia leg of our trip along the Irish Ancestry Trail in North America. If you would like to see all of the places we visit on this trip – please have a look back at the overview for the series here. Leaving Newfoundland for Nova Scotia. We […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. 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 below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

Do you have Irish surnames in your family tree? If the answer is yes, then read on – and discover more about the surnames of Ireland, where they come from – and see if you can spot some of your Irish surnames. When a new reader signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland – we […]

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Irish Sayings, Two Paddys and One Yank

Irish Sayings

Are you familiar with any Irish Sayings? Maybe you have a grandparent, or older family member, who was the keeper of family stories?  In this letter, we will share the importance of the Irish oral tradition of keeping such ancestral histories alive, whether as a teller of tales and sayings, or as a receiver of […]

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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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