Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Nova Scotia

Leaving Newfoundland for Nova Scotia. We left Argentia in Newfoundland and arrived in Sydney Mines on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia about 24 hours later. Here is a video of Carina with the final glimpse of Newfoundland just behind her as we headed out to open sea: We were traveling to the “Maritimes” region of…

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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

When a new reader signs up for our weekly  Letter from Ireland – we ask them to supply the Irish surnames in their family tree AND the county their ancestor emigrated from. So far we have collected over 21,000 Irish entries in our database of Irish surnames representing over 3,750 different surnames. If you’d like to…

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Irish Sayings, Two Paddys and One Yank

Irish Sayings

It’s been a very interesting week in this part of the world – the Easter 1916 Rising commemoration has been taking place right through the week, with some great events around the country. Although 100 years does seem like a long time, admittedly – more than a lifetime for most of us – it’s not…

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The Tailor and Ansty – An Irish Storyteller

We were at a funeral/wake yesterday, and is the convention at such occasions in Ireland – a “drop” of Irish Whiskey was poured for the mourners and well-wishers as they entered the house. Have you ever had a “drop” of Irish Whiskey yourself? I just saw a interesting item on the newswire this morning –…

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Saint Brendan’s Voyage

St. Brendan

Leaving Newfoundland for Nova Scotia. We left Argentia in Newfoundland and arrived in Sydney Mines on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia about 24 hours later. Here is a video of Carina with the final glimpse of Newfoundland just behind her as we headed out to open sea: We were traveling to the “Maritimes” region of…

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