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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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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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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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The Galloglass – Do You have the Warrior Gene?


Have you ever heard the term ‘Galloglass’? Do you or your Irish ancestors have the surname MACSWEENY, MCCABE – or, MACDONALD, MACNEILL, MACSHEEHY, MCCOY, MACRORY? Then these Scottish-sounding names may mean that you may have “Galloglass” blood in you. After the arrival of the Normans in Ireland in 1169 the Irish Chieftains needed help to […]

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