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March 16, 2023

A St. Patrick's Day Parade of Story and Song (#811)

Join us as we attend a Saint Patrick's Day Parade of Story and Song. In this episode we sharetwo stories - one all about the places in Ireland where Saint Patrick is said to have walked and the next looking …

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March 9, 2023

Join Us on this Journey from Cobh to Ellis Island (#810)

In this special episode of the Letter from Ireland show we start our journey in Cobh (Queenstown) in County Cork. We chat with the manager of the Cobh Heritage Centre who has his own immigration stories to tell. We then …

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March 2, 2023

Look Through This Window Into A Celtic World (#809)

In this week's episode we go back in time. First we go back to a time when the first Celtic peoples arrived in Ireland - we then go back even further to look at the period when the Celts appeared …

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Feb. 23, 2023

From Carnivale to an Irish Easter (#808)

In this week's episode we look a little closer at how our Irish ancestors lived and worked through the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday each year. This was a time known as "Lent". It was treated very seriously …

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Feb. 15, 2023

Traditional Irish Love Songs - 8 Favourites (#807)

In this week's episode share what we consider to be eight of the best traditional Irish love songs of all time! This is, of course, a very personal and subjective collection - and I'm sure you will agree with some …

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Feb. 9, 2023

Do You Have These Saintly Names in Your Irish Family Tree? (#806)

In this week's episode we look at the life times and legacy of three ancient Celtic saints - with lots of fine music in between. W start with a letter all about the Irish Saint Gobnait - but you may …

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Feb. 2, 2023

The Irish Goddess and the Irish Saint (#805)

We look at the connections between the Irish name "Brigid/Bridget", Saint Bridget of Kildare and the Irish Celtic Goddess Brigid. This is all very appropriate as we come up to the celtic festival of "Imbolc" - celebrating the...

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Jan. 26, 2023

10 Stops on a Musical Tour Around Ireland (#804)

This week we have a special episode that takes you around ten counties on the island of Ireland. We stop off at each point and share a song - as well as more on the place and the person featured …

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Jan. 19, 2023

Another Mystery Solved: The Search for my Irish Grandfather (#803)

In this episode we trace the origins of Carina's Irish grandfather - Bartholomew Cronin. He died well before she was born and she only recently realised how little she knew of his early days, the wider family and his final …

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Jan. 12, 2023

A Mystery Solved: The Search for my Irish Grandmother (#802)

In this episode we trace the origins - and more - of Carina's mystery Irish grandmother. I say "mystery" because Carina only ever knew her as "Granny Cronin". So, join us as we look to solve this mystery - with …

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Jan. 5, 2023

Come into This World of Celtic Music (#801)

In this episode we explore not just the world of Irish music - but 10 tracks from the extended Celtic family. We use music featured on the TV programme - "The Transatlantic Sessions" - to bring you music and song …

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Dec. 15, 2022

A Merry Irish Christmas - 10 Old Irish Christmas Songs (#748)

In todays special Christmas episode, we share a selection of old Irish Christmas carols, songs and tunes. They include: The Bells of Dublin/Christmas Eve - performed by The Chieftains Christmas in Killarney - performed by Bin...

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Dec. 8, 2022

My Top Irish Names for Boys and Girls (#747)

In today's episode we share some old Irish names - quite beautiful ones - that are just some of our favourites for boys and girls. Perhaps you already have one or two in your own family? We also share the …

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Dec. 1, 2022

The Leaving Of Liverpool, The Irish & The Beatles (#746)

This week we look at one of the most Irish of cities outside Ireland - the city of Liverpool on the western shores of Britain. It's a place that has seen over a million Irish pass through its port to …

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Nov. 24, 2022

The Most Irish of Towns Outside Ireland (#745)

This week we look at the fact that there are many, many more people of Irish descent OUTSIDE the island of Ireland than on the island of Ireland. Many Irish immigrants brought their Irish placenames with them when they settle...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Galway Bay and the Music and Songs of Connaught (#744)

Welcome to this special musical edition of the Letter from Ireland podcast. We take a tour around the five counties - Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon - of the Irish province of Connaught. We have chosen two songs/p...

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Nov. 10, 2022

The Best Memorial for an Irish Ancestor? (#743)

In this episode we look at two types of storyteller. First, we have the "bard" who composes songs to honour the deeds and exploits of the great (and not so great) among us. In this case, a certain gentleman called …

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Nov. 3, 2022

How The Irish Saved Civilisation (#742)

In this episode, we look at the time of the Brehon laws of Ireland and take an example of just some of these Gaelic common laws that held our society together. We also chat about the Brehon families and some …

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Oct. 27, 2022

An Irish Halloween - Stories from "Samhain" (#741)

Join us on this episode of the Letter from Ireland show as we tell some surprising stories from an Irish Halloween! Did you know that many of the rituals and traditions associated with Halloween came from the Celtic Festival ...

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Oct. 20, 2022

Come Into An Irish Pub (#740)

In this episode, we feature two Irish Pub stories that are bound together. In the first, we chat about the book McCarthy's Bar - which gives a comical view of both the Irish Pub and the Irish by Pete McCarthy. …

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Oct. 13, 2022

Grace Kelly & Maureen O'Hara - 2 Irish Movie Stars (#739)

Today we feature two Irish movie stars from the golden age of Hollywood - Grace Kelly and Maureen O'Hara. In one story we chat about the "Two Graces of County Mayo" and then we take a trip up Maureen O'Hara's …

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Oct. 6, 2022

15 Flowers - An Irish Musical Daisy-Chain (#738)

In this extended musical edition of the Letter from Ireland podcast, we share 15 songs performed by 15 Irish artists. Each song has a connection with the song that went before it - and the one that goes after it. …

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Sept. 29, 2022

From The Vikings to The Normans (#737)

In this episode we look at the journey a branch of the Vikings took and established a Dukedom in what became known as "Normandy" in northern France. We look at their culture and traditions - traditions that they brought with …

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Sept. 22, 2022

The Mother & Baby Homes of Ireland (#736)

In this week's episode we look at the way that unmarried mothers - and other "social undesirables" were treated in Ireland, especially in the period from the 1940s to the 1960s. Carina reads out two letters - one on the …

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