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The Warrior Galloglass Surnames of Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. Well now, the weather’s really changed over the week here in County Cork. We have high winds, sharp air and a threat of local flooding. And just last Sunday we were swimming in the sea! I do hope you are keeping well wherever you […]

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The Origins of Your Irish Surnames

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An old Irish stone ruin cottage

Naturally you want to know where your Irish ancestors came from and the life they led. However as you may already know there are several frustrating Irish ancestry brick walls you can come across when researching your heritage. In this letter we will share a map. A map which will highlight the obstacles in your […]

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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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Where do Irish Surnames come from?

Do you ever wonder – where do Irish Surnames come from? How about YOUR Irish Surname? Today, we’re going to browse the evolution of the surname in Ireland – something I know is close to your heart! Soon we’ll look at Viking, Norman and Planter names – but for now we start with the old […]

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The Irish Surname McCoy

McCoy comes from the Irish Mac Aodha. This literally translates as “Son of Aodh (or son of Hugh)”. This name is found mainly in the north of Ulster where they were a galloglass family.

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