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Getting the most from Irish Ancestry Records

Carina in a church

Sometimes we get frustrated with Irish Ancestry Records – we can see the main parties involved in the marriage or baptism/birth, but we there is not mention of where they lived! In this letter we take the example of one reader’s frustrations and use the presence of witnesses/sponsors to help establish a place of residence. […]

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From the Banks of the Rhine to the Banks of the Shannon

Were any of your ancestors Irish Palatines? There are many tales of connections between Ireland and Scotland, or Ireland and Spain, or Ireland and France, but what about Germany? In this letter, a special group of migrants will be discussed, those who left the land of the River Rhine to settle the land of the […]

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Religion in Ireland – A Methodical Approach

Céad Míle Fáilte – and welcome to your Letter from Ireland on a lovely sunny Sunday morning here in Cork. The weather has taken a turn for the better, the north winds have turned around and we might even get out for a last sea swim of the year today. How’s the weather where you […]

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Clonakilty to Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way

Seaside Houses

Today we travel from Clonakilty to Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way – deeper and deeper into West Cork! Leaving the town of Clonakilty on the Wild Atlantic Way, we skirt the coast on a series of small roads heading west. Lots of “ins and outs” as we make our way into what was Barry, […]

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Skibbereen to Mizen Head on the Wild Atlantic Way

We pick up on our next leg of the Wild Atlantic Way – travelling from Skibbereen to Mizen Head in County Cork – after leaving Cape Clear behind us. This leg feels like “home territory” for me as I know the area well – my own family of Collins’ came from outside the village of […]

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