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Irish Surnames and Their Counties

Do you have Irish surnames in your family tree? If the answer is yes, then read on – and discover more about the surnames of Ireland, where they come from – and see if you can spot some of your Irish surnames. When a new reader signs up for our weekly Letter from Ireland – we […]

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The Stone Circles and Druids of Ireland

Ancient stone circle

Have you heard of the Druids of Ireland? Long before Christianity reached Ireland’s shores, there was a complex culture of beliefs involving the practices of law, medicine, and the oral tradition. In this letter we discuss the Druids, the ancient intellectual class of ancient Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from […]

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A Special Saint Patrick’s Day Message to all of our readers

A very Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all of our readers and friends! We are delighted to share with you a very special Saint Patrick’s Day message for all the readers of A Letter from Ireland – it comes from the President of the Republic of Ireland – Michael D. Higgins. He has sent on the […]

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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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Which Part of the Irish Diaspora do you come from?

Céad Míle Fáilte – and I hope you are keeping well on what is a lovely summer morning here in County Cork. Everyone seems to be heading away on their “holliers” (as we say in Cork) in these parts – and we are due to head off ourselves this week to the wonderful Dingle Peninsula […]

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