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The One-Armed Wonderboy of Oriel

From the region of Ireland once known as “Airgialla” – later know as “Oriel”, there emerged a soccer player whose skill and prowess at the game was not diminished by the fact that he had only one arm. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. How are things in your […]

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The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Hands up if you have been to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry? We continued on our trip along the Wild Atlantic Way (check out the last leg of our journey – around the Ring of Kerry). The last leg finished in Killorglin in County Kerry – and this time we start in Milltown and […]

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

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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Are You a Murphy?

Cast your mind back a little – well a long way – all the way back to the 700s in Ireland. Why is this significant? Well, it was the century before “surnames” were taken on across Ireland. At that time – there were a number of major “Tuathe” (or clans) across Ireland. The kingdom of […]

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