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Do You Have Irish Famine Orphans in Your Family Tree?

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Famine Memorial Sydney

Do you have any Irish Famine Orphans in your family tree? In this letter, we share a reader letter recalling the story of two of her Irish ancestors who arrived in Australia as part of the Earl Grey Irish orphan emigration scheme. Céad Míle Fáilte and you are very welcome to your Letter from Ireland […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

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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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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

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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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Irish Nicknames and your Irish Surname

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Irish nicknames often make their way into surnames. Many people have a “nickname” that may be based on a personality trait, their appearance, or just a term of family endearment. In this letter we will see how nicknames in Ireland included one’s surname, and evolved into whole new surnames over time. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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A Roadtrip Around 16 Counties of Ireland – Part 4

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Irish tower

  A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 16 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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