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Irish Folklore Stories

Story telling is a hugely important part of Irish culture and heritage. So many of our playwrights, novelists and poets are literary greats, and our musicians and filmmakers are highly successful too; all of which are, not so coincidentally, mediums where story telling is paramount. Irish people are a naturally sociable race so storytelling is […]

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The Aran Islands: a History

Lying off the coast of county Galway and surrounded by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the Aran Islands are one of the few places in Ireland that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. These three small islands are a symbol of almost everything to do with Irish heritage, culture and tradition, as well […]

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All about Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh is the final of the four primary festivals in the ancient Celtic calendar. The Celtic year began with Samhain in October, preparing for winter and the end of the harvest. Next was Imbolc in February to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of lambing season. Bealtaine, the most important festival in May, […]

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Irish Landmarks: Trinity College

Trinity College One of the seven ancient universities of Great Britain and Ireland, Trinity College Dublin is a distinctive landmark in the heart of Dublin city and a national treasure. Established all the way back in 1592, it was modelled after the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge universities across the water in the UK. Now Ireland’s […]

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Irish Treasures: The Cross of Cong

It’s no secret that for centuries, the people of Ireland have been expert craftsmen. The Celts of early medieval Ireland created stunning gold and silver adornments for themselves like torcs and lunulae; the more ornate the piece, the higher their status in Celtic society, so huge attention to detail was paid to each item. Later […]

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Celtic High Cross at Sunset - Co Clare

A Guide to Irish High Crosses

It’s a well known fact that the Celts – and later the early Christians – in Ireland were extraordinarily creative people, regularly expressing their philosophies, beliefs and histories through art. At first this was done through stone carving, metalwork and most likely wood. Celtic society revolved around the concepts of war and wealth, so they […]

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by John Gay, vintage bromide print, 1948

10 of the Best Irish Poets

Ireland has a proud storytelling tradition, something that has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. One particular side effect of this age-old tradition is a fondness for the written word; Ireland has produced countless acclaimed authors, playwrights, songwriters, journalists, and of course, poets. Possibly the most difficult and most romantic of all […]

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Jewellery Jargon Explained

It’s easy to be lost for words when looking at a piece of jewellery; and not just because of its beauty! If you’ve ever been shopping for engagement rings or other special occasion jewellery, you’ll most likely know at least some of the terms and phrases jewellers use when describing diamonds and other gems; settings, […]

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The Life and Work of Countess Markievicz

When it comes to Irish history, there is often talk of the men who fought for independence, who created modern Ireland, and who shaped the progress of the country to make it what it is today. However, there were plenty of women working towards the same goals too. Many of them helped plan military operations, […]

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