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Irish Ancestry Trail – Canada – Newfoundland

Newfoundland. We landed in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 11.00am local time. Just 3.5 hours behind Ireland (Cork, actually) – and the 5 hour plane trip was quite a lot less than our ancestors had to endure. I must say (unlike the photo below – which was taken later in the week) – the environment looked […]

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The Surnames of County Waterford

Named by the Vikings for it’s lovely location on the water, the county of Waterford has long been a centre of trade.  This accounts for the variety of surnames that can be found in both the city of Waterford, and the county. Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to this week’s Letter from Ireland. Last […]

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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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Up the Deise of County Waterford

The Deise, County Waterford. Do we have any Whelans/Phelans/Hylands/Whalens out there? Here’s a picture of the round Tower and cathedral at Ardmore, County Waterford. The Déisi were the main tribe and kings of this area from the 300s through to the late 1100s. During that time, Saint Declan founded an oratory at the site shown […]

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