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Did Your Irish Australian Ancestor Follow the Black Velvet Band?

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. The weather is behaving quite well here in Cork at the moment. It’s dark by 7.30pm at this time of year but we are having some nice bright days. I hope the weather is staying nice and clement wherever you are today. I’m settling […]

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The Irish Surname Ryan

Javier Tomás contacted us all the way from Argentina wondering about the Ryan surname (you can see his request at the end of this post). Ryan is the number one surname – by a margin – in County Tipperary. The primary holders of the name come from the Tipperary/Limerick sept known in Irish as Ó […]

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Royal Families of Ireland – Does your Irish surname make the list?

Irish Royalty

Have you ever wondered if any of your ancestors came from a wealthy family, perhaps even from one of the Royal families of Ireland? In this letter I will share with you the stories behind the Royal Families of Ireland, and their surnames, as well as sharing pictures of the many royal castles of Ireland.  […]

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