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Irish Civil Records – and the Origins of One Irish Grandmother

Carina and a character in the folk park

Have you used the Irish Civil Records recently? These Irish Civil Records (Births, Marriages and Deaths) are a very useful way to track down the origins of one of your Irish ancestors – and most are both available online and for free! See how we recently used them in this reader’s letter from Ireland. Céad […]

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Daniel McDonald – Painting Ireland During the Famine

Art can provide a visual portal to a time in history that has otherwise faded from collective memory.  In this letter we look at the work of a young Irish painter – Daniel McDonald – who provoked his contemporaries with a revolutionary topic, that still stirs the modern viewer. Céad Míle Fáilte – you are […]

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It’s a Long Way from Tipperary to New Jersey

It’s a Long way from Tipperary to New Jersey! We always like to feature reader’s Letters here on the Blog. The following is based on a letter from Lynne Klemens from New Jersey in the USA – and we have a conversation about the likely details around her County Tipperary ancestors, which I have surrounded […]

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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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Born on the 4th of July

Céad Míle Failte wherever you are – writing to you from Lisdoonvarna in County Clare this morning. Bit of mist about – but should burn off shortly (fingers crossed!). Hope you have a nice cup of tea or coffee at hand (I’m sticking to the water myself this morning). I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy A […]

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