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Do You Know this Irish American Hero?

In this letter – we have a look at an Irish American hero who got the Hollywood treatment – all the way back to the earliest times of his clan in Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your own Letter from Ireland for this week. We’re feeling a hint of autumn in the […]

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Top 10 Irish Surnames

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The Top 10 Irish Surnames. When you embark on your journey of tracing your Irish roots, you most likely have a surname to launch your search from.  Chances are you may even have one of the top 10 Irish surnames somewhere in your tree. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from […]

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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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Saint Brigid and The Story of a Remembered Soldier

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In Ireland and Scotland, there are many surnames that are derived from the names of Saints. Coming up on February 1st – Saint Brigid’s Day – it seems a good time to tell the story of one man who held a surname after the saint. In this letter, will go back in time to when […]

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