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Oscar Wilde Quote

“ I gave my talent to my work and saved my genius for my life.” Oscar Wilde

WB Yeats Quote

W.B. Yeats on being Irish: “I have an abiding sense of tragedy which sustains me through temporary periods of joy.”

“Devil’s Bit”

“Devil’s Bit” is a mountain in Co Tipperary. According to legend, it got its name because the devil took a bite out of it. There is a small gap in the mountain between one outcrop of rock and another small plateau which is the spot where the devil bit it. He broke his teeth taking the bite and the Rock of Cashel was formed when the piece fell from his mouth.

The President of the GAA has suggested that they may stop singing the National Anthem and flying the Tri-color at events.

The giant printer company HP will close its plant in Kildare, costing up to 500 jobs locally.

National Geographic has named Donegal as the “coolest” destination for visitors in 2017 due to its pristine beaches and off-shore islands.

Fairy Forts

Fairy forts are found all over Ireland.  They are what remain of the ring forts, dwellings originally dating from the Iron Age to early Christian times.  According to legends, they are magical places, entrances to another world. The white thorn bush which grew in them are also considered magical and anyone who cut the white thorn was cursed. Traditional stories tell of tragic events which happened to anyone who tampered with fairy forts.

Celtic Feast of Imbolc

Feb 1 is the Celtic Feast of Imbolc.  This was celebrated as the beginning of spring and fires were lit in the homes and on the hillside. Cailleach, the hag of winter, would be taken over by Bridget.  If this day was bright and sunny, Cailleach would be seen gathering firewood for a longer winter to come.  If she slept through and did not gather wood, this would mean that spring was coming.  The Celts also watched for burrowing animals to emerge from their holes, signaling fair weather.

Sold outside of Ireland as Magners Original Irish Cider to avoid conflict with a similarly named English cider, the beverage’s formula is exactly the same, whether it is called Bulmers or Magners. The cider is fermented and matured for up to two years and is made from 17 varieties of apples. Bulmers is available on tap in most Irish pubs and often served over ice.

Bloody Sunday Anniversary

On January 30, 1972 thirteen Catholic civil rights marchers were killed by British paratroopers in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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