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The Surnames of County Cork

Our readers surnames from County Cork! Deep breath – there are a lot of them here – is your County Cork surname among them? Like to add your County Cork surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun.

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The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.

In last week’s newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the lens of this map – showing the major Tribes of Ireland at his time. Now, let’s take a […]

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County Limerick Surnames

County Limerick surnames. Is your Irish surname here? The surnames of County Limerick – Ahearn, Carrolls, Collins, Conway, Cregan, Culhane, Cunneen, Cussen, Donovan, Downes, Dundon, Fitzgerald, Hannan, Hannon, Hayes, Heffernan, Hewson, Hourigan, Irwin, Keating, Kinnerk, Leakey, Liston, Lynch, Lyons, McEnery, McNamara, Moloney, Murphy, Nash, Neville, Noonan, O’Brien, O’Connell, O’Connor, O’Sullivan, Quaid, Quish, Ryan, Sheahan,  Shaughnessy, […]

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County Clare – The Palace of Kincora

A “ruin” in the County Clare – but what is it’s significance ….. well, there are a couple of layers here, so pay attention (specially all you O’Briens out there) This is Killaloe in County Clare and you are looking at the ruins of the Oratory of Saint Molua which was moved here from an […]

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Is your family a member of the Dal gCais Tribe?

For many centuries – Ireland was a tribal society (and some would argue it remains fundamentally so today). The Dalcassians were a Gaelic Irish tribe who rose to prominence specially in the 10th century. They get their name from Cormac Cas of the 3rd century. Brian Bóru is perhaps the best known king from this […]

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