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Have You Heard of The Irish Patriot called Michael Collins?

We take a look into the tribal background – and home – of an Irish Patriot called Michael Collins who was made famous by his deeds in the history books and movies. Céad Míle Fáilte – welcome to the Letter from Ireland for this week. How are things in your part of the world? The […]

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Where Did Kavanaugh Come From?

Here is the unusual story of an Irish surname – Kavanagh (or Kavanaugh) – that never had an “O” or a “Mac” before it. It was born at a very troublesome time in Irish history – when the various chieftains were only looking after their own self-interests and one of them “invited” the Norman English […]

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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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An Irish Placename Travels Abroad to the City of Baltimore.

Did you ever wonder where your town got its name? Does it have a twin city with the same name, in another part of the world? In this letter, we will see how Irish town names often travelled with Irish immigrants to the far off places they settled. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to […]

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The Dingle Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Hands up if you have been to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry? We continued on our trip along the Wild Atlantic Way (check out the last leg of our journey – around the Ring of Kerry). The last leg finished in Killorglin in County Kerry – and this time we start in Milltown and […]

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