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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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What’s Your Name in Irish?

Do you know your name in Irish? Many people have family nicknames, or shortened names, from their more formal forenames. In this letter we will examine Irish first names, to see how they match up with your own forename. Céad Míle Failte from County Cork – and I hope you are keeping well wherever you […]

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Irish Surnames – County Cork Surnames and Places

Do you have a County Cork surname? What are the typical County Cork surnames? In fact, have you ever heard of County Cork? It’s the largest county in Ireland – as well as being the largest single source for all Irish emigration during the 19th century. Maybe your ancestors came from this Irish county? Each […]

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The Irish Character – What Does it Mean to you to be Irish?

 Are you proud to have Irish heritage? When I asked my readers “What do you love most about your Irish Heritage?” I wasn’t surprised by the replies such as a love of music, a closeness to family and of course a fondness for a party! Read on to hear some opinions on what makes the […]

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The Origins of Your Irish Surnames

An old Irish stone ruin cottage

Naturally you want to know where your Irish ancestors came from and the life they led. However as you may already know there are several frustrating Irish ancestry brick walls you can come across when researching your heritage. In this letter we will share a map. A map which will highlight the obstacles in your […]

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