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The Origins of Two Irish Counties.

Let’s use a recent Irish sporting occasion to examine the origins of two Irish Counties. In this letter we will see how the colours of Irish team jerseys represent not just the county they play for, but also the history of sport keeping the spirit of the people lifted during hard times. Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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Ernest Shackleton and the Irish Antarctic Connection.

During the Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration, two men from Ireland achieved nearly impossible feats of bravery and endurance in the race to the South Pole. In this letter we will meet Ernest Shackleton and the Irish explorers who took on the one of the harshest landscapes and survived. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome […]

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The Fighting Irish – Is Your Irish Surname Mentioned Here?

Irish countryside

We’ve often heard the phrase “The Fighting Irish”. Here we have a letter all about how many of the “faction fights” in 1800s Ireland, went on to be subsumed into the modern Irish game of Hurling. Perhaps you can see some of your Irish surnames mentioned as part of this particular faction fight? Céad Míle Fáilte […]

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Irish Surnames That Say Where You Came From

Irish Surnames

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland for this week. Spring has really sprung in this part of Ireland – the birds are singing wonderfully at dawn. I guess we’ll be getting used to it soon – and calling it “a terrible racket”!  I hope the weather isn’t treating you too […]

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The Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way

Irish countryside

We hit the famous “Ring of Kerry” on the next leg of our trip along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (you can see details of our last leg around the Ring of Beara here). I must say, we chose two of the worst days to photograph scenery of any class! Visibility was down to a few […]

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