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Have you heard of The Irish Banshee?

The season of Halloween, or Samhain in Ireland, is associated with early darkness, rising wind, falling leaves, and the fear of “spooks” on the prowl . In this letter we discuss the role of the legendary howling voice of Samhain, the Banshee. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland! We’ve […]

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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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The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

Irish countryside

We hit the famous “Ring of Kerry” on the next leg of our trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (you can see details of our last leg around the Ring of Beara here). I must say, we chose two of the worst days to photograph scenery of any class! Visibility was down to a few […]

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County Tipperary Surnames and Places

Have you ever heard of County Tipperary? Chances are, you may not have heard of it if it was not for the World War 1 anthem “It’s a long way to Tipperary” OR if you have family that came from this landlocked Irish county originally.

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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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