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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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The Surnames of County Cork

Our readers surnames from County Cork! Deep breath – there are a lot of them here – is your County Cork surname among them? Like to add your County Cork surname to our list? Just  – and we’ll let you know how to join in the fun.

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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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The Irish Surname Twomey / Toomey

Kim Douglas Watkins was on wonder about the Irish surname “Twomey“. You can read Kim’s question and story at the end of this post. Origin of the Irish Surname Twomey. Recorded in many forms – but mostly either “Twomey” or “Toomey“. It is from the Irish O’Tuama (phonetically pronounced “Oh Too-a-ma” and is from the […]

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