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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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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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Have you Unpacked Your Irish Family Tree?

Irish road signs

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this very fine Autumn week (at least here in County Cork!). We’re seeing our first mentions of “Halloween” – a sure sign that the summer is in the rear-view mirror. I hope you are doing well wherever this letter finds you in the world […]

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Kinsale to Clonakilty on the Wild Atlantic Way

Have you heard about Ireland’s new Wild Atlantic Way? It’s a route that goes all the way from Kinsale in County Cork to Malin Head in Donegal – along the way passing by some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world – and also taking a trip through the Ireland of your ancestors.

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The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.

In last week’s newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the lens of this map – showing the major Tribes of Ireland at his time. Now, let’s take a […]

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