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A Roadtrip Through 17 Counties of Ireland (Part 2)

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A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 16 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see to the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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A Roadtrip Through 17 Counties of Ireland: Part 1

Irish roadtrip

A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 17 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see to the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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Did your Family Live in an Irish Castle?

I often get asked – “did my family own Irish Castles?” It’s the ultimate fairy tale – Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses all living in beautiful old castles.

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Royal Families of Ireland – Does your Irish surname make the list?

Irish Royalty

Have you ever wondered if any of your ancestors came from a wealthy family, perhaps even from one of the Royal families of Ireland? In this letter I will share with you the stories behind the Royal Families of Ireland, and their surnames, as well as sharing pictures of the many royal castles of Ireland.  […]

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

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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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