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Sean O’Casey Quote

“The Irish treat a joke as a serious thing and a serious thing as a joke.”

Dunloe Castle

Dunloe Castle in Co Kerry was the stronghold of O’Sullivan Mor for 400 years after the Anglo-Normans were driven back in 1261.  It was uninhabitable by the forces of Cromwell but was restored in 1665.

Inishowen Peninsula

The  Inishowen Peninsula lies between Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle.  It is the northernmost point of Ireland.  There are beautiful sandy beaches along the shore and inland there is a mountain region of great beauty.  Its most famous historic spot is the Grianan of Ailleach or Stone Place of the Sin.

An Irish Wish

May the most you wish for be the least you get. Anon.

George Bernard Shaw Quote

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” 

Ancient Order of Hibernians dedicated a memorial to the famine dead at Grosse Ile, Quebec on Aug 15, 1887.

George Bernard Shaw Quote

“I am only a beer tee-totaler, not a champagne tee-totaler.”

 

This Date in Irish History

Aug 12, 1690 Patrick Sarsfield troops attack and destroy the Williamite seige train at Ballyneetty Castle, Limerick.

A Pub Sign in Cork

Sign at the ‘Hibernian’ pub in Cork:  “For those who drink to forget, please pay in advance.”

Annual Puck Fair

The annual Puck Fair is held on Aug 10, 11, 12 in Killorglin, Co Kerry when a goat is chosen to be King of the fair.  The theory being that in the time of Oliver Cromwell when his “Roundheads” were pillaging they came upon a herd of goats.  The herd dispensed and all ran into the mountains except one who escaped to the town.  When the townspeople saw the exhausted goat they knew there was danger and they prepared for the attack.  To honor the goat they decided to hold a festival.  A young girl is chosen” queen” and she crowns the goat “King” on the last day of the fair        .

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