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The Streets of a Small Town in County Tipperary

In this letter we look at the usefulness of Commercial Directories in Ireland of the 1800s. These directories listed the owners of various establishments in given years across the towns and cities of Ireland. I hope you enjoy this example using the ancestral links of just one of our readers. Céad Míle Fáilte – welcome to […]

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Anglo Norman Surnames – Following the Norman Trail to Ireland (#402)

Do you have any Anglo Norman surnames in your Irish Family Tree? Then join us now as we talk about some of these Irish surnames and follow the Norman trail all the way back to Ireland. You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button above (the triangle with […]

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Animal Rights and Humanity Dick

Have you ever wondered when the idea of “Animal Rights” first came to people’s minds? Many a home in Ireland is graced with canine and feline residents, and often there is livestock that help provide a family’s living. In this letter, we will read about how the rules for proper treatment of animals originated through […]

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The Penal Laws – and A Tale of Love and Loss

Art O'Leary burial

Have you ever heard of the “Penal Laws” in Ireland? During the 1700s, certain laws were put in place that forbade Roman Catholics (and Presbyterians) from assuming certain offices and owning property above a certain value. Here is the story of one couple who lived during  this time. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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The Tribes of Galway.

Tribes of Galway

Have you ever heard of “The Tribes of Galway”? Maybe your family came from one of these tribes? When people talk about Irish names, they often use words like ‘clan’ or ‘sept’ or sometimes even ‘tribe’ (one of my favourites) to describe particular groups of families? Well, this morning we are going to have a […]

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