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County Fermanagh Surnames and Families

Do you have County Fermanagh surnames in your Irish family tree? The beautiful county of Fermanagh with it’s dense woodlands, and hilltop vistas has long attracted migrants from other parts of Ireland, and well as England, Scotland, and Wales. This history of settlers has made for a unique mix of surnames and peoples. Céad Míle […]

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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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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

Let’s use a recent Irish sporting occasion to examine the origins of two Irish Counties. In this letter we will see how the colours of Irish team jerseys represent not just the county they play for, but also the history of sport keeping the spirit of the people lifted during hard times. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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Grosse Ile – The Original Isle of Tears

Grosse Ile: The migration of the Irish people covered many different trails, some of the most travelled being the voyages to the different provinces of Canada.  To Newfoundland or Quebec, Nova Scotia or Toronto, the Irish arrived in waves, hopeful to start a new life in a very different terrain. Céad Míle Fáilte – and […]

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The Two Graces Of County Mayo Ireland

Have you ever been to County Mayo, Ireland? Let me start by asking you to do something. Close your eyes and think of Ireland. Let the images and sounds come wafting into your consciousness. Perhaps you are seeing green fields with stone walls? Or a wild blue sea beating off high cliffs and flowing onto […]

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