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Do You Know this Irish American Hero?

In this letter – we have a look at an Irish American hero who got the Hollywood treatment – all the way back to the earliest times of his clan in Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your own Letter from Ireland for this week. We’re feeling a hint of autumn in the […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Nova Scotia

The following shares our adventures on the Nova Scotia leg of our trip along the Irish Ancestry Trail in North America. If you would like to see all of the places we visit on this trip – please have a look back at the overview for the series here. Leaving Newfoundland for Nova Scotia. We […]

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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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The Penal Laws – and A Tale of Love and Loss

Art O'Leary burial

Have you ever heard of the “Penal Laws” in Ireland? During the 1700s, certain laws were put in place that forbade Roman Catholics (and Presbyterians) from assuming certain offices and owning property above a certain value. Here is the story of one couple who lived during  this time. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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Molly Brown and The Titanic – An Irish Story.

We often get stories in from readers who recall a member of their family who ALMOST travelled on the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage. Here is the story of one Irish lady who lived to tell the tale – and go on to great things. A lady by the name of Molly Brown. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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