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The Ford Motor Car and Confusing Irish Surnames

Lifesize statue of an old Ford car

Do you have a confusing Irish surname in your family tree? It helps to understand the changes the surnames were forced through down the centuries as they were translated/transcribed from Irish into English. Here we explore some examples using a surname you may have heard of before now. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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The Fighting Irish – Is Your Irish Surname Mentioned Here?

Irish countryside

We’ve often heard the phrase “The Fighting Irish”. Here we have a letter all about how many of the “faction fights” in 1800s Ireland, went on to be subsumed into the modern Irish game of Hurling. Perhaps you can see some of your Irish surnames mentioned as part of this particular faction fight? Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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The Surnames of County Mayo

The surnames of County Mayo. Here are the County Mayo surnames in the family trees of our Readers. Is your County Mayo surname here? If not, just let me know in the comments section below and I’ll add it. Here we see a beautiful picture of Achill Island in the sunshine – imagine that!

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Bere Island – Sunday morning, June 9th, 2013.

This picture is taken from the pier on Rerrin with Hungry Hill looming on the mainland in the background.

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Bere Island – Hungry Hill

Bere Island – Sunday morning, June 9th, 2013. From the pier on Rerrin with Hungry Hill looming on the mainland in the background. This was one of the main locations for a movie with Colin Farrell – “Ondine” – have you seen it? Worth getting for the scenery alone (no – I don’t mean Colin […]

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