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The Music of Chief O’Neill

Traditional Irish music has a long, rich history of being handed down orally from one generation to the next. In this letter we will introduce the man responsible for making sure it was written down and published for future generations to enjoy. The music of Chief O’Neill. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your […]

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The Journey of an Irish Royal Family.

In this letter – we look at the journey of an ancient Irish Royal family around the north half of Ireland over many centuries. This “journey” was typical of many Irish families following the arrival of the Normans and the later plantations. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this […]

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The Fighting Irish – Is Your Irish Surname Mentioned Here?

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We’ve often heard the phrase “The Fighting Irish”. Here we have a letter all about how many of the “faction fights” in 1800s Ireland, went on to be subsumed into the modern Irish game of Hurling. Perhaps you can see some of your Irish surnames mentioned as part of this particular faction fight? Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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The Kings of County Fermanagh

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. I hope you are keeping well? I hear that many of our friends on the east coast of America are experiencing powerful snowstorms at the moment – I hope you are keeping safe and warm if you are being affected. And then […]

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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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