A Letter from Ireland:
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Did your Family Live in an Irish Castle?

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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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Surnames of County Cork – 1

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The surnames of County Cork.The picture is of “Ahanfunsion” bridge (the Ford of the Ash trees) in West Cork. – the legendary site of a pre-historic battle. The Ash trees are said to descend from the original Ashes planted by the victor of that battle. This bridge was also blown up in the War of […]

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Blarney Castle and Your Irish Ancestry

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Here’s a picture of a castle you may have heard of – Blarney Castle in County Cork (anyone kiss the famous Blarney stone?). Our journey today looks at the surname of the family who built this castle – the MacCarthys. So, if you have “MacCarthy” somewhere in your family (or are just plain curious) – […]

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