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Cork Surnames part II 'Norman Surnames'

County Cork in the southwest of Ireland was effective conquered and settled by the Normans, and their English, Welsh and Flemish allies.

Cork Surnames

This map (click to enlarge) shows the location where farmers with surnames of Gaelic origin clustered in County Cork in Ireland in 1911.

The tragic history of the MacGeoghegan's of Donore Castle

Dunore or Donore (the brown coloured fort) Castle is a 3 storey tower-house situated near the river Boyne in the south west corner of County Meath close to the Westmeath, Kildare and Offaly borders.

Using DNA to Pinpoint Your Irish Genetic Homeland

To explain how DNA can shed light on one’s Irish ancestry requires a brief reminder of a crucial biological event. This event is the moment of conception, the point at which we receive half of our DNA in the form of chromosomes from each parent.

Dunsoghly Castle, number 1150 from the Irish Origenes Castles of Ireland Map

No matter where you are in Ireland I have estimated that you are no more than 4 kilometers from a castle, tower house, or plant

Irish Origenes features in The Irish-America Society of New Mexico

The newsletter for the Irish American society of New MexicoI recently successfully comp

Top 10 Irish Surnames

At the start of King Henry VIII's reign in England, his Irish Kingdom was essentially under the control of hundreds

Dunlough Castle 'a real life Helm's Deep'

Dunlough castle (castle no.996 on the Castles of Ireland Map) has to be the one of t

Kildavnet Castle; The Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley and Achill Island

Kildavnet Castle (castle number 1010 on the Castles of Ireland Map) sits quite a

New 'Hand' Case Study Added

When I get a reply to a Case study like the one below, I know I made the right decision in putting the Irish Origenes website together:

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