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An Irish American Story – From County Kerry to Illinois (#306)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Show we follow the trail of one Irish Emigrant family all the way from County Kerry to Chicago and Illinois in the USA. Join us as we start in the family homestead just outside Listowel in County Kerry. You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

Do you have Irish surnames in your family tree? If the answer is yes, then read on – and discover more about the surnames of Ireland, where they come from – and see if you can spot some of your Irish surnames. When a new reader signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland – we […]

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Is your Surname Buried in an Irish Placename?

It’s amazing just how many placenames in Ireland come from the surnames of the leading family of the area. Often, this name is “buried” in the placename as it evolved from the original Irish language. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. We’re just back from a great trip to […]

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Thomas Francis Meagher – an Irish Name Spelled Two Ways.

This is the story of Thomas Francis Meagher – who ties the Irish flag, the first governorship of Montana, and a daring escape from Van Diemens Land together. In this letter we find out more about this Waterford man – his connection to all of the above, and much more. Céad Míle Fáilte – and […]

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