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Saints, Scholars and Irish Family Surnames

Did any of your Irish family surnames come from an old Irish scholarly family? The “saints and scholars” or early Ireland were an essential part of passing down our traditions and culture – and they are still venerated in Ireland today. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland. I grabbed my cup […]

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Connecting With Your Irish Cousins

Beautiful Irish coast

Céad Míle Fáilte from County Kerry this morning – I’m writing to you from a place known as the “Homestead of the Rocks” – or Ballinskelligs as it is more usually known. The “rocks” in question are the wonderful and unique Skellig Rocks off the coast of County Kerry. Maybe you’ve been here? Looking out […]

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What Are the “Approved” Irish Names in Your Family?

Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. We’re coming closer to mid-summer and you can feel it in the air here in Cork. It’ll soon be bright until 11.00pm at night – and there will always be a little light on the horizon through the night. It’s a […]

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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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The Two Graces Of County Mayo Ireland

Have you ever been to County Mayo, Ireland? Let me start by asking you to do something. Close your eyes and think of Ireland. Let the images and sounds come wafting into your consciousness. Perhaps you are seeing green fields with stone walls? Or a wild blue sea beating off high cliffs and flowing onto […]

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