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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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Tralee to Kilkee on the Wild Atlantic Way

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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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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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