Many Irish surnames derive from a group of warriors who arrived in Ireland as mercenaries from the 13th century onwards. They were called the “galloglass”. A few weeks back, I received the following mail from Brenda Mills – one of our regular readers: I would love to know more about the McCoy’s and where they came…

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An old Irish stone ruin cottage

Let’s  take a deeper look at the – Irish surnames in your family. Where did your Irish surnames come from? How did they evolve? You have probably already discovered that the surnames in your family are the best way to track and audit the journey of your family and kin. A problem quickly arises when…

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