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Castles in Ireland – Our Top 22

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  These are our favourite castles in Ireland – but I must admit, we have limited our selection to Irish castles that we have been to, photographed and enjoyed. I’m sure you have your own – some may be on our list and others may only be on yours! Did your Gaelic/Norman family occupy a […]

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Irish Norman Surnames

Do You Have Irish Norman Surnames in Your Family Tree? When we hear the word “Norman” in Ireland today, we often think of the “Anglo-Norman” invasion of Ireland in 1170 that we learned about in school. Many of my own friends today have Norman surnames – Roche, Barry, Fitzgerald and so on. We attended the […]

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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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County Kilkenny Surnames

We’ve many fans who consider County Kilkenny their ancestral home – names such as Breen, Brennan, Brien, Burns, Butler, Cantwell, Carroll, Delaney, Dowling, Dunne, Earley, Fitzpatrick, Gore, Grace, Holly, Howlin, Marshall, Murphy, Phelan, Plunkett, Power, Purcell, Rochford, Ryan, Shea, Shortall, Sweetman,  and Walsh. This is a picture of Kilkenny Castle built originally by the invading […]

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