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Do You Have This Problem Locating your Irish Surname?

Have you ever had problems locating your Irish surname in Ireland? Sometimes it’s down to the fact that some surnames can come from a number of separate locations in Ireland – as it was when we received this letter from one of our readers. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome once again to your very own […]

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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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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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Saint Brigid and The Story of a Remembered Soldier

In Ireland and Scotland, there are many surnames that are derived from the names of Saints. Coming up on February 1st – Saint Brigid’s Day – it seems a good time to tell the story of one man who held a surname after the saint. In this letter, will go back in time to when […]

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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

Let’s use a recent Irish sporting occasion to examine the origins of two Irish Counties. In this letter we will see how the colours of Irish team jerseys represent not just the county they play for, but also the history of sport keeping the spirit of the people lifted during hard times. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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