Your Irish Roots May Offer an Advantage
May23

Your Irish Roots May Offer an Advantage

You’ve always thought your Irish ancestry should count for something, right! Especially when it comes to traveling to Ireland. Well, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs might agree with you. They are considering a proposal that would award people of Irish descent a special card that could be used for discounts when they visit Ireland. Applicants would be required to prove their Irish heritage, but the qualifications would...

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Immersed in Dingletown
Feb15

Immersed in Dingletown

We received an email this week from Kim C. in San Diego. She told a wonderful story about her August visit to the Dingle Peninsula. We couldn’t resist sharing this story with everyone at the Irish Fireside. A special thanks to Kim for sending us her Ireland travel experience. When we arrived in Ireland, our only plan was to do some searching for my Frawley family roots in County Clare. The rest of the trip was day to day, guided...

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The Wild Geese: Helping Gram Discover Mary Pat Kelly’s “Galway Bay” and Our Family History
Jan08

The Wild Geese: Helping Gram Discover Mary Pat Kelly’s “Galway Bay” and Our Family History

Submitted by Kim from San Diego War battered dogs are we Fighters in every clime; Fillers of trench and of grave, Mockers bemocked by time, War dogs hungry and grey, Gnawing a naked bone, Fighters in every clime- Every cause but our own -Emily Lawless 1902 “With the Wild Geese” The term “Wild Geese” refers to people of Irish descent scattered across the world. It has been frequently associated with Irish mercenaries who...

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Home to Ireland

Submitted by Jim Sanford My mother Margaret, (nee Hogan), through stories and song, instilled in me at an early age a great sense of pride and interest in our Irish ancestry. I never fully understood the significance of those feelings until at age fifty-three my wife, Betty, and I traveled to the Emerald Isle for the first time. Since that first trip in 1997, we have made five more visits, most recently in June of 2006, each time...

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Ennis Gives Muhammad Ali a Hero’s Homecoming

Muhammad Ali’s great-grandfather was born in Ennis, County Clare, and this video captures a bit of the excitement and pride coming from western Ireland. Enjoy! Hat’s off to Production 63 on producing a truly enjoyable video momento. Here’s a clip from a clip from Ali’s 1972 visit to Ireland. And another clip from his 2009 visit to...

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Continuing a Family Dream
Jul16

Continuing a Family Dream

A special thanks to Jeff Coyle from Arcanum, OH, for sharing this story about his visit to Ireland. Jeff says… My Mother passed on 3 years ago. At that time, I vowed to pick up the family genealogy trail she had been traveling on for years. It was always important to her and has since become a passion of mine. The gap between her research and mine is nothing more than a large ocean called the Atlantic.  Our families came to...

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