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A Drop of Irish Cognac – and a Wandering Story or Two.

Did you know that the first Cognac in France was bottled by an Irish family from the north of County Cork? Join us as we take a wander around their story and surname. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. We had a bit of a storm last […]

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If you took all the Gaelic Surnames out of Ireland – what would be left?

Today we’re looking at Viking, Norman, Galloglass and Planter (English and Scottish) names. Let’s take a few examples using one of our Readers – Patricia Clarke (thanks, Patricia J ). Patricia gave me six of her family names: Byrnes, Clarke, Halpin, Leonard, Martin and Rafferty.

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Viking Surnames and more

Do you have any Viking Surnames in your Family tree? I wonder if they are still asleep in the hut above – now might be a good time to strike! The Vikings appeared in Ireland about the 800s – and established strongholds in most of the current-day cities – Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Wexford. […]

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