Co Kerry will host “Listowel Writer’s Week’ from May 29-June 2nd. The festival will feature workshops on ‘Migration in Contemporary Writing’ and ‘The Irish-American Short Story.’ Make reservations early. Info-www.writersweek.ie
At 1,752 acres, Dublin’s Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park area in Europe.
Making a May Bush for Beltane on May 1st is a very old celebration to mark the coming of the summer season. Long ago, children would save the shells from their Easter eggs to add to the decorations of the tree along with ribbons, flowers and candles which were lit at dusk.
Tom Robinson, a Belfast businessman, is credited with bringing Coca-Cola to Ireland. In 1938 he heard from a Manchester colleague that the London based Coca Cola Company would supply free ice to anyone willing to sell their product. In 1939, he signed an agreement for the Northern Ireland franchise. For legal reasons, he named the company “The Ulster Iced Drinks Co.” He used equipment from lard refining and a French bottle washing machine and an ice truck bought with 5 guineas. Mr. Robinson’s son took over the business in 1989 and played a pivotal role in the achievements of Coca- Cola Bottlers Ltd.
Actor Tom Cruise has been presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage. His ancestors date back to the 12th Century to a Norman knight who arrived in Ireland with Strongbow, leading to the conquest of Ireland by the English.
The gathering of the O’Neill Clan will take place from May 22-26. Brack Tours is offering an exclusive opportunity for all those O’Neill’s to experience a long weekend. It will take in Armagh, Dungannon and Dublin. www.bracktours.com/oneill-clan–gathering-2013.
To the Celts, the wolf symbolized unity and loyalty. Irish history tells us of wolves protecting children, guarding wounded men and guiding the lost to safety. A wolf talisman is worn to protect one from harm.
Ogham, the alphabet of the ancient Celts, is thought to be derived from the tree branches.
To cure bronchitis gather the fruit of the blackthorn bush and boil it. Add sugar and take as needed.