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Irish Vikings – A Walk on the Viking Meadow

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Do you have any “Irish Vikings” in your family tree? Have you ever taken a walk on “The Viking Meadow”? That is the translation for Wicklow Town on the east coast of Ireland. The town also gives County Wicklow it’s name. So what is all this about Vikings? Do read on…. Céad Míle Fáilte – […]

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A Different Sort of Irish Music

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Are you a fan of Irish music? Today, we have something a bit different as we look at the music of one man who had his roots in the north of Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. How are you doing in your part of the […]

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Do you have an Irish Viking Surname?

Do you have an Irish Viking Surname? Sharing the Atlantic Ocean with the wandering Viking race, means there is sure to be many interactions. Throughout history the Norse visited and settled the coasts of Ireland, and even built inland cities. The surnames of Ireland reflect this history. Céad Míle Fáilte – and you are very […]

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It’s a Long Way from Tipperary to New Jersey

It’s a Long way from Tipperary to New Jersey! We always like to feature reader’s Letters here on the Blog. The following is based on a letter from Lynne Klemens from New Jersey in the USA – and we have a conversation about the likely details around her County Tipperary ancestors, which I have surrounded […]

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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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