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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

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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Beara Peninsula and Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way

For our next leg of our trip around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, we left the town of Bantry and started on a tour around the Beara Peninsula (you can see more about our last leg here). The Beara Peninsula is sometimes referred to as “Ireland’s forgotten peninsula” – which as a description is way out […]

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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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Bere Island – Sunday morning, June 9th, 2013.

This picture is taken from the pier on Rerrin with Hungry Hill looming on the mainland in the background.

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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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