May 30-June 4- The Power Clan Gathering takes place in Co. Waterford. There will be guided tours of the Power Clan stronghold including the ancestral home, Dunhill Castle. www.powerclangathering.com
The Marble Arch Caves and Geopark in Co Fermanagh contains some of the finest natural landscapes in the region. These caves are among Europe’s finest and offers the visitor the opportunity to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, and lofty chambers.
The village of Belleek in Co Fermanagh has been the home of the famous pottery for over 150 years. Every flower and stroke is applied by hand with skill and attention to detail.
After hitting her husband on the head with a frying pan, Bridget demanded to know who ‘Jerry’ was as she had found a slip of paper in Pat’s pocket with that name on it. Pat replied that was the name of the horse he bet on last week. “Well,” says Bridget, “your horse just phoned,” and hit him again.
In 1932 on May 20, Amelia Earhart landed in Derry, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
Things my Mam taught me: A cup of tea solves all life’s problems; when visiting, push the doorbell with your elbow as your hands should be filled with gifts.
On May 17, 1650 the Battle of Clonmel ended when Cromwell’s forces stormed the town but were beaten back by O’Neill’s forces. The English lost 2,500 men and O’Neill also suffered large losses but short of ammunition he secretly withdrew. Unaware of this, Cromwell negotiated generous terms to avoid a prolonged siege.
Of the two major political parties in England, a Tory is a member of the Conservative Party. Ironically, before the late 17 Century in Ireland, a Tory was an Irish outlaw who favored killing British soldiers.
If you are visitng Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, you may encounter a ‘spook hill’, which is a slightly sloping road which seemingly defies gravity. A car in neutral will move uphill. There are other 11 such places in Ireland that will give you the same experience. Is it illusion, magic or magnetism? The phenomenon has kept para-normal believers and skeptics wondering. Some believe there is a magnetic field under the ground, others say the car doesn’t actually move and it is the slope of the road creating the illusion of movement but some who have tried it say otherwise.
Between 1845 and 1856, 1.8 million left Ireland for Canada and America. Their motivation was hunger, un-employment and the possibility of a new life. They were an invaluable resource for developing the U.S. from farming to building canals, railroads, bridges and sewers.