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County Tipperary Surnames and Places

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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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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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From the Da Vinci Code to Castlemartyr

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Have you read the DaVinci Code? It was a superseller some years back – with layer upon layer of conspiracy and intrigue. One of the societies mentioned was the “Knights Templar”. The castle you see above was built by the Knights Templar in1210 in Castlemartyr in East Cork. They fell dramatically out of favour some […]

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Dun na Sead Castle

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Dun na Sead Castle in Baltimore, West Cork – home of the O’Driscolls! Yesterday I asked “what was the connection between this castle and the US TV series “The Wire”. Answer: They were both shot in Baltimore! Just different Baltimores (although both come from the Irish “Baile an Ti Mor” – town of the big […]

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