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The Hedge School Teachers of Ireland

Do you have any school teachers in your family tree?  Perhaps they have fond memories of the hallowed halls in which they taught, the ordered classrooms, fully stocked with the supplies of a good education. In this letter, we will visit a humbler school setting, that was the only option for many Irish schoolteachers during […]

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

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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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A Roadtrip Through 17 Counties of Ireland: Part 1

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Irish roadtrip

A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 17 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see to the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these […]

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The Irish Surname Riordan

Riordan (or O’Riordan or Rearden) comes from the Irish Ó Riordain – which in turn comes from the earlier Irish Ó Rioghbhardáin. This in turn derives from “riogh bhard” or “royal bard. It is and was a large sept – but even today, you will find most Riordans in Munster – and county Cork particularly.

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