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  • Is my Surname Irish or Scottish?
    One of the most frequent questions I get asked by my readers is; 'Is my surname Scottish or Irish?' One of them (with the surname Scott!) asked  “Is Scott Irish or Scottish?” (I had to read that one t...
  • What’s Your Name in Irish?
    Do you know your given name in Irish? Many popular names have an Irish equivalent - names like Seán for John, Máire for Mary and so on. And then there are some slightly more challenging ones. Let's ha...
  • The Tribes of Ireland – Ireland at the Birth of Your Irish Surname.
    In last week's newsletter we introduced Turlough O’Connor – High King of Ireland up to 1156. If Turlough was in the habit of reading maps back at that time, he might look at his kingdoms through the l...
  • Irish Surnames and Their Counties
    When a new reader signs up for our weekly  Letter from Ireland - we ask them to supply the Irish surnames in their family tree AND the county their ancestor emigrated from. So far we have collected ov...
  • Irish RoyaltyRoyal Families of Ireland – Does your Irish surname make the list?
    For hundreds of years to up the arrival of the Normans in the late 12th century – Ireland was divided into many autonomous kingdoms – ruled over by a “Ri” or King. These Kings won their lands through...
  • The Evolution of Irish Surnames – Where your Irish Surname fits
    When we look at Irish surnames today, it’s easy to get confused when we see names that appear to have several different spellings, some look very English or Scottish - how could they be Irish you ask...
  • Do you have an Irish Viking Surname?
    Did you know that Wicklow comes from the Norse “Vykyngelo” - meaning a “Viking meadow”? Let’s stay on that subject of Vikings for the rest of today’s letter. One of the most frequent enquiries I recei...
  • Danny Boy and the Music and Songs of Ulster (#734)
    In this episode we take a musical trip around the nine counties of Ulster: Derry (Londonderry), Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. Alongside the immortal "Danny Boy"...