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March 16, 2022

Let's Celebrate St. Patricks Day (#711)

In this special episode we celebrate St. Patrick's Day! The parades and celebrations are returning in Ireland after a 2 year absence. Along with some very appropriate music, we chat about the first and sur-names that have com...

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March 10, 2022

Would You Live on an Irish Island? (#710)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast we visit the beautiful islands off the west coast of Ireland. For many centuries, these islands grew in population as the natives of Ireland were forced off good land on the …

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March 2, 2022

007 Meets Sherlock Holmes - An Irish Story(#709)

Today we take to the streets of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. Edinburgh was the home to Seán Connery, the actor who played James Bond for many years. We also examine another native of Edinburgh - Arthur Conan Doyle, …

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Feb. 24, 2022

Murder in The West of Ireland (#708)

In this episode we cover two infamous real life murder cases in the west of Ireland during the 1800s. The first murder was as a result of mass evictions from an Irish estate during the famine - and the second …

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Feb. 17, 2022

Elvis and The Fighting Irish (#707)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast we look at the place the humble Irish club called the "shillelagh" has in Irish history and tradition. Also, did you know that Shillelagh is also a place?The ancestors of a …

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Feb. 10, 2022

A Valentine Card From Ireland (#706)

In this special St. Valentine's episode of the Letter from Ireland podcast we share the story of Saint Valentine's association with the city of Dublin - and the tale of love and loss of a young couple who were married …

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Feb. 3, 2022

The Death of An Irish Chieftain (#705)

In this special musical episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast we celebrate the music of the Irish traditional group known as The Chieftains. Following the death of their leader late last year, Paddy Moloney, we have come...

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Jan. 27, 2022

A Celtic Spring (#704)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast we celebrate the upcoming season of Celtic spring here in Ireland - known as Imbolc. We choose music and stories to understand more of this significant time in the celtic cal...

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Jan. 19, 2022

Ireland, Scotland & Robbie Burns (#703)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast we look at the overlap culturally between Ireland and Scotland. This is especially relevant as we approach the annual Robbie Burns night - what has effectively turned into Sc...

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Jan. 13, 2022

Two Irish Literary Giants (#702)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast, we look at the life and works of two of Ireland's most famous literary giants - George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce. We take an unusual angle on the stories of …

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Jan. 7, 2022

All Gods Creatures Have a Place in the Choir (#701)

In this first episode of the Letter from Ireland Show for 2022 we share stories and music that highlight the esteemed place that animals have in Irish mythology and folklore, music and family surnames.

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June 15, 2021

What Drives Genealogists Crazy About Ancestry.com

In this episode, Mike Collins chats with Jayne McGarvey (our Green Room genealogist) about what drives a genealogist crazy about how some people use ancestry.com. We talk through the strengths and weaknesses of ancestry.com, ...

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June 3, 2021

One Story From The Irish Land Wars

Join Mike and Carina as they chat about just one reader story from the Irish Land Wars of the late 1800s. Our reader shares an amazing story of immigration and now understands the reasons why her family were so reticent …

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May 27, 2021

The Tithe Applotment Books - 7 Questions and 7 Answers

Join Mike and our head genealogist in The Green Room, Jayne McGarvey, as we chat about the usefulness of the Irish "Tithe Applotment Books" when discovering more about the location and lives of your Irish ancestors during the...

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May 20, 2021

Join Us On a Trip Around The Aran Islands

Join Mike and Carina as we take around Inishmore - the largest of the Aran Islands which lies at the mouth of Galway Bay to the west of Ireland. It's a magical part of the world - and we travel …

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April 29, 2021

A Creative Mind Born From a Pandemic

We are (hopefully) at the closing stages of a pandemic as I write. However, our ancestors had to endure many pandemics and famines through the centuries - and all without the same access to medicines we enjoy today. Today's s...

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April 22, 2021

The Key To Understanding Your Irish Surnames (#602)

Did you ever wonder how the Irish surnames in your family tree originated and evolved? This handy guide talks you through many Irish first names - and how they eventually led to Irish surnames - with plenty of examples along …

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April 15, 2021

Join Us On A Lockdown Tour Of County Cork

Would you like to join us on a tour of County Cork as we emerge from Covid restrictions here in Ireland? We take you on a circuit of a part of County Cork - stopping in 6 different places full …

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Oct. 24, 2019

Join Our Genealogist on a Walk Through an Irish Graveyard - (#505)

Join Mike and our Green Room Genealogist - Jayne McGarvey - on a walk through the ancient Irish monastic graveyard of Monasterboice in County Louth. They discuss the various types of burial sites, Celtic High Crosses and the ...

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Oct. 18, 2019

Where You Need to Start Your Irish Ancestry Search - 2 Reader Case-St…

Our readers are very keen to trace their Irish ancestors back to a specific part of Ireland, and that is very understandable. However, it's often a better idea to dig up more leads and clues in the ancestors place of …

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Oct. 3, 2019

The Irish Scots - A Trip to Glasgow in Scotland (#503)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast show, we travel to the city of Glasgow in Scotland to meet two proud Glasgow natives of Irish ancestry. Come with us as we get a unique perspective on this city …

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Sept. 19, 2019

The Life of Riley - A Trip Through County Cavan (#502)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Show we head to County Cavan and meet plenty of characters, visit some beautiful places and pick up the stories of this little-visited part of Ireland. Join us as we have the …

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Sept. 6, 2019

The Holy Wells of Ireland - Saints, Cures and Tradition (#501)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Show we head to County Limerick and a townland by the name of "Patrick's Well". This place has been named after the Holy Well within it's borders - and we chat to …

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May 31, 2019

7 Favourite Irish Ancestry Moments from Series 4 of the Letter from I…

As we reach the end of series 4 of the Letter from Ireland Podcast show, we'd thought we would share just 7 of our favourite Irish Ancestry moments. It was a tough choice and we hope you enjoy them!

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