Irish Surnames in U.S.A. (The Top Ten)


It is of no surprise that there are now almost 40 million Americans that claim to have Irish ancestry considering that almost 5 million Irish have emigrated to the US since the 1700′s. The exodus of Irish immigrants to America really took off during the Great Hunger (Irish Potato Famine) between 1845-52 when over 1 million Irish died and many of those that survived fled in search of a better life.

The population of Ireland declined by 25% and to this day it is is still 50% smaller compared to what it was in the 1800′s. The Irish have contributed enormously to American society and many of the popular Irish family names have lived on throughout the United States.

Whether you are Irish or Irish-American, you’re probably immensely proud of your surname. Many Irish families declare their roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes.  Here are the…

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Enrollments are Now Open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland

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The following is an announcement from the University of Limerick. Please note that enrollment is open to genealogists worldwide:


Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy!

  • Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family
  • Study online at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year, 2019
  • Enroll now to commence study in September 2019

Enrollments are now open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

This is a unique course that offers students all over the world the chance to learn about the history of family. The MA History of Family (Online) is offered by the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year 2019.

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Irish history, family history or genealogy who would like to take…

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Kilkenny’s Rich History is now Available on National Archive Database

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The Kilkenny County Library has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland – making Kilkenny’s rich history available to the world at the click of a button. The partnership will see the records currently held by the Kilkenny County Library, including information on the county’s history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture, being added to the national archive database.

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You can read more in an article by Colin Bartley in the KilKinneyNow web site at:

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Cobh named one of the most beautiful small town in Europe.


The Cork harbour town of Cobh has been named as one of the 25 most beautiful small towns in Europe by prestigious travel publisher Condé Nast.

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It is the only Irish town recognised in the list, which recommends small towns and villagers from all over Europe to holidaymakers.

Writer, Caitlin Morton, ranks the town alongside Hvar in Croatia, Interlaken in Switzerland and Bled in Slovenia as some of the must-visit small towns in Europe for holidaymakers who want to avoid more tourist-heavy destinations: “Europe is known for its busy, culture-driven cities like Rome and Paris.

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“But between all the landmarks and selfie-taking tourists, you’ll find literally hundreds of charming little towns with populations smaller than the line for the Eiffel Tower.

“Whether it’s a lakeside hamlet in Austria or an eerily beautiful village in Romania, these storybook towns are the stuff European vacations dream about.”

She heaps praise on Cobh…

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Irish island of Arranmore is Looking for New Residents from the United States and Australia

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Here is an opportunity to study your Irish ancestry: move to Ireland.

Actually, you would have to move to Arranmore, a tiny island 5 kilometers off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland. The island is twinned with Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. In the 1800s, families evicted from Arranmore relocated to Beaver Island and most of the residents who live on Beaver Island today can trace their roots back to Arranmore.

While Arranmore is a tiny place, it boasts very high-speed Internet access, enough musicians and good Irish whiskey to keep a party going well into the night, the best diving in Ireland on your doorstep, seafood to rival the tastiest New England chowder, and a daily commute that will never exceed five minutes. It sounds dreamy.

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New Irish Historical Birth, Marriage and Death Registers Available Online for Public to Access

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Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, TD, and Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have announced that a further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are now available online and free for the public to access.

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One of Ireland’s most famous hotels bought in $56-million deal


Wicklow’s luxurious Powerscourt Hotel has been bought for an undisclosed sum, which is rumoured to have come in around the €56-million mark (€50 million).


The MHL Hotel Collection, which was formed by John Malone, Paul Higgins and John Lally, is a collection of hotels located around Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Wicklow. With hotels including The Westin DublinIntercontinental Dublin, The Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Course in Galway and now Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa in Wicklow, The MHL Collection has become well-known for its luxury resorts. The Collection reportedly took in over $167 million (€150 million) in revenue last year.

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The Powerscourt Hotel, which comprises of 200 bedrooms, several different dining options and a spa, was originally known as the Ritz Carlton when it first opened in 2006. Having hosted a range of high-profile events and weddings, the hotel became synonymous with luxury. However, the hotel…

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