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Ireland

Ireland, Texas was named after a former Texas Governor, John Ireland. It is about sixteen miles northwest of the town Gatesville. Prior to the arrival of the Stephenville and South Texas Railroad it was known as Hamco – named after the towns located on the shared Hamilton-Coyell line. Ireland reached its peak population of 400 […]

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History Makers

We all make history It has always been the lives of ordinary people that make history interesting for me. Invasions, conquests, political wheeling and dealing – you can keep them! They’re not a fraction as absorbing. The conflicts of history are studied and analysed endlessly, yet what holds my attention is the casual recounting of […]

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Irish Origenes

Find out your Irish Origenes and Clan Territories and where your family Castle is with this great Christmas Gift.

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Brexit

You could forgive the British prime minister for forgetting it’s the season of goodwill. Her party has given her a bloody nose, her DUP allies have issued her with an ultimatum and her nearest neighbour, Ireland, recently declared they’re not best friends any more. In the Brexit fairy tale of the past few weeks, Leo […]

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The Start of the Christmas Season!

As Autumn draws to a finish and the short wintry evenings close in, a sense of festive feeling has arrived. Many have already began their Christmas shopping and some have even gone as far as putting their tree up! This time of year provides an invaluable opportunity to appreciate and spend time with our families. […]

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World War 1

World War 1 began on July 28, 1914. The conflict lasted four years, three months and 14 days, ending on November 11, 1918. The war began because of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. He was heir to throne of Austria-Hungary and his death was the immediate cause of World War One. The War ended at 11am on […]

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The Ninth President of Ireland

With the counting almost finished and the result all but clear, the incumbent Michael D. Higgins is set to be re-elected the President of Ireland with a share of almost 58%. Despite the fact that the role is largely ceremonial, the President plays an important role in connecting the people of Ireland, both at home […]

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Surnames Today

There are many different origins for Irish names today but the vast majority can be broken down into either of three categories: Gaelic Irish, Cambro-Norman, and finally Anglo-Irish. It always prompts the question, which names are the most common in Ireland? The Table below gives a listing of the 40 most common names found in […]

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Remembering Your Holiday/Vacation in Ireland

The summer period is without doubt the busiest time for tourism in Ireland. Americans, Australians, Europeans and many more descend on the Emerald Isle which many of their ancestors came from. For many, it can be a very fulfilling experience to learn about their family history. For those with no particular connection to Ireland, the […]

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Father’s Day

This Sunday, sons and daughters will be given the chance to give something back to their fathers. In our fast-moving lives of the 21st century, we sometimes can be guilty of forgetting to show our love and appreciation to our parents. If anything, days like Father’s day have grown in importance as they remind us […]

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