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One Irish Castle and Many Irish Names

Have you ever visited an Irish Castle? Nowadays, some are mountains of ivy-covered rubble – while others are beautifully restored houses and museums. But, all of these castles and tower-houses have a history – and that history is usually intertwined with the history and genealogy of different Irish families. Just this morning, I took the […]

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Irish Norman Surnames

Do You Have Irish Norman Surnames in Your Family Tree? When we hear the word “Norman” in Ireland today, we often think of the “Anglo-Norman” invasion of Ireland in 1170 that we learned about in school. Many of my own friends today have Norman surnames – Roche, Barry, Fitzgerald and so on. We attended the […]

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