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June 8, 2023

Danny Boy & The Music and Songs of Ulster - REPOST (#823)

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", we feature at least one...

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June 1, 2023

From The Vikings to The Normans - REPOST (#822)

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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May 25, 2023

What Happens when an Irish Bard Reads Your Family History (#821)

In this episode we look at two different styles of story-telling. First, Carina reads out "Which County did your Irish Ancestor Come from?". This is a letter in a standard essay format - and Carina chats about the formation o...

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May 18, 2023

The Celtic Druids and The Irish (#820)

In this episode we look at how the Celtic Druids of Ireland in pre-christian times evolved into the monks, priests, brehon judges, bards and poets of christian times - and also chat about some of the Irish family surnames ass...

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May 11, 2023

Danny Boy and 5 Other Irish Anthems (#819)

You are most likely familiar with the song Danny Boy - Ireland's unofficial anthem. In this episode we first have a listen to Danny Boy and then choose 5 other songs which are also suitable contenders for the title of …

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May 4, 2023

Our 5 Favourite Stops on a Tour Around Dublin (#818)

If you have ever visited Ireland then you have almost certainly visited our capital city of Dublin! There are so many cultural, heritage and historical sites spread around the city - and I'm sure you have a few of your …

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April 27, 2023

Here is How the Celts Celebrated the Coming of Summer (#817)

As we approach the month of May, we celebrate the coming of summer here in Ireland. The month of May is called "Bealtaine" in the Irish language, which is also the Irish name for the celtic festival that marks the …

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April 20, 2023

Let's Chat with a Native Irish Gaelic Speaker (#816)

In this episode we chat with a native Irish Gaelic Speaker - Eoin O'Connor from Ennis in County Clare. Eoin started a company called Bitesize Irish about 12 years ago and in this episode he shares more on his early …

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April 13, 2023

This Field In County Galway Should be A Lot More Famous! (#815)

In this episode we visit a field in the wilds of Connemara in County Galway and chat about two significant events - each of which brought about a huge step forward in technology and communications and are associated with this...

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April 6, 2023

Did Your Family Run an Irish Castle? (#814)

In this episode we chat about the running of a very specific castle in County Galway during the time of the Irish Chieftains. We look at the various families who had a part to play in keeping this castle and …

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March 30, 2023

The Holy Wells of Ireland - Stories, Traditions and Cures! (#813)

We visit one of the many, many Holy Wells around Ireland and chat with the lady whose family is responsible for the upkeep of this ancient Irish shrine. This is probably a place that was used and venerated from pre-christian …

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March 22, 2023

7 Irish Tales of Emigration (#812)

In a follow-up to our recent episode about traveling from Cobh to Ellis Island - we head back to the Cobh Heritage Centre in County Cork and hear 7 stories of emigration from this very spot to many places around …

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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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