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From the High King of Ireland to South Australia

Did any of your Irish ancestors descend from a High King of Ireland? Many Irish surnames have an association with the family groupings around Ireland’s ancient High Kings – here is the story of just one of them in a reader’s letter. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very welcome to this week’s Letter […]

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County Clare – The Palace of Kincora

A “ruin” in the County Clare – but what is it’s significance ….. well, there are a couple of layers here, so pay attention (specially all you O’Briens out there) This is Killaloe in County Clare and you are looking at the ruins of the Oratory of Saint Molua which was moved here from an […]

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Is your family a member of the Dal gCais Tribe?

For many centuries – Ireland was a tribal society (and some would argue it remains fundamentally so today). The Dalcassians were a Gaelic Irish tribe who rose to prominence specially in the 10th century. They get their name from Cormac Cas of the 3rd century. Brian Bóru is perhaps the best known king from this […]

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Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay

Wolfe Tone and Bantry Bay. “We were close enough to toss a biscuit ashore.” Words from Wolfe Tones diary. Wolfe Tone travelled with 43 ships of the French Armada to this spot – Bantry Bay in Cork – in December 1796. But bad weather intervened and a general nervousness forced a decision to return to […]

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Castledonovan of the O’Donovans

Here we have the imposing ruins of Castledonovan in West Cork – once home of the mighty O’Donovans! Anyone have the surnames Donovan, Collins, O’Connell, McEniry, Kenneally, Flannery, Tracey, Clerkin or Ring? Would you like to add your Surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun. […]

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