Last week, we spoke about the “Start of an Irish Spring” – how the ancient Celtic festival of “Imbolc”/Saint Brigid’s day celebrates the start of spring here in Ireland.  For the the rest of this letter we’ll have a look at one ancient Irish tribe that gave us a number of Irish surnames – and…

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I’m often struck by just how vocal our Australian readers are! Week after week they send on their stories and surnames – many of the letters are strikingly similar, but always deeply personal. Last week, Maggie Heffernan of New South Wales in Australia sent the following note: Heffernan is my married name and our first Heffernan…

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Irish road signs

We see a lot of Irish family trees both here and in the Green Room. Do you have an Irish family tree of your own? Perhaps handwritten in a sketchbook, or carefully constructed and annotated on Ancestry.com? What’s your biggest challenge/wish with the information on this tree? Do leave a comment below and let me know.…

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Last week, we spoke about the “Start of an Irish Spring” – how the ancient Celtic festival of “Imbolc”/Saint Brigid’s day celebrates the start of spring here in Ireland.  For the the rest of this letter we’ll have a look at one ancient Irish tribe that gave us a number of Irish surnames – and…

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