FROM: Your Irish Heritage, Irish Ancestry Travel and Culture
A few weeks back we went on a road trip from Cork to Donegal and back – covering 17 counties in all. When we came back we wrote up a number of posts in our weekly newsletter (see to the side of this post if you want to sign up for free) – and these were some of the MOST popular newsletters we have done so far.
So, we decided to include them here on the blog. I hope you enjoy – spot a name or two you recognise – and DO feel free to leave a comment or question at the end of the post.
Now – lets start:
We got back late last night from a great road trip during which we covered 16 counties across Ireland. We traveled from south to north and back down again – I’ve added a map of the journey above this post.
And that’s what I’d like us to talk about today – the Counties of Ireland.
Which county in Ireland are your families from?
Whenever I ask that question – the answers come in by the tens and hundreds! We all seem to have a very strong emotional tie with the counties of our heritage.
But let’s get it straight – counties were put into place as a means of administration. A way to divide land for taxation and grant purposes. Today, however, we’re going to stick with the stories of the counties – the names and families associated with each.
Now, don’t worry, I won’t keep you here all day going through all of the 17 counties we traveled through – we’ll start with the first 5 counties on our trip this week – and then cover the others over the next 2 weeks.
Remember that before the arrival of the Normans in the 1200s – there were no counties in Ireland. There were five provinces and a whole string of independent kingdoms. In general, counties were made by combining smaller Gaelic territories in a way that suited the English administration at the time and had little to do with older tribal boundaries.
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