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The One-Armed Wonderboy of Oriel

From the region of Ireland once known as “Airgialla” – later know as “Oriel”, there emerged a soccer player whose skill and prowess at the game was not diminished by the fact that he had only one arm. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. How are things in your […]

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From Guinness to McGuinness

The name Guinness in Ireland no doubt brings to mind happy times sharing a pint or two with friends. In this letter we will add to the name and visit the homeland of one Martin McGuinness, peacemaker and loyal son of Derry. Céad Míle Fáilte – you are very welcome to your Letter from Ireland […]

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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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