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The Surnames of County Waterford

Named by the Vikings for it’s lovely location on the water, the county of Waterford has long been a centre of trade.  This accounts for the variety of surnames that can be found in both the city of Waterford, and the county. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. Last […]

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Sheeps Head Peninsula and Bantry on the Wild Atlantic Way

We left Mizen Head to travel north on the next leg of our journey around Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (if you want to see all about our last leg, you can catch up here). This leg takes us from the village of Durrus, out along the south of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula to the lighthouse […]

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Kinsale to Clonakilty on the Wild Atlantic Way

Have you heard about Ireland’s new Wild Atlantic Way? It’s a route that goes all the way from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in Donegal – along the way passing by some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world – and also taking a trip through the Ireland of your ancestors.

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Irish Norman Surnames

Do You Have Irish Norman Surnames in Your Family Tree? When we hear the word “Norman” in Ireland today, we often think of the “Anglo-Norman” invasion of Ireland in 1170 that we learned about in school. Many of my own friends today have Norman surnames – Roche, Barry, Fitzgerald and so on. We attended the […]

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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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