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The Celtic Tree Alphabet

‘The Celtic Tree Alphabet’ or Ogham consists of a series of strokes along and sometimes across a standing stone to commemorate someone, using the edge of the stone as the center line.  Normally read from left hand side, from the bottom, across the top and down the other side.

Origin of Shillelaghs

Sticks have been used as weapons since fighting began, but the skilled use of hardwood clubs by the people of Shillelagh, Co Wicklow, led to these being called ‘shillelaghs’ by King Richard ll in 1395.  The term spread throughout the world in reference to the weighted fighting stick.

Knute Rockne and Jus Dorais were the two ‘Honorary Irishmen’ who revolutionized American football.


Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was an Irish born labor organizer in the early 1900′s who eventually became chairman of the Communist Party in the US.

This is the grave of Mike O’Day
Who died maintaining his right of way;
His right was clear, his will was strong,
But he’s just as dead as if he’d been wrong.

Co Cork was the biggest center of trade for butter in Ireland.  To ensure the butter would get from the farms to the Butter Exchange in Cork city, butter roads were built in the 1740′s that provided a speedy route to the market where it was then shipped to America and Australia.

July 28th In Irish History

July 28, 1914-Erskine Childers sailed his yacht the ‘Asgard’ into Howth harbor with 900 German rifles and 129,000 rounds of ammunition in anticipation of a ‘Rising’.

Did You Know?

July 27th is International  Bog Snorkling Day at Peatlands Country Park,
Co Armagh.

The HBO hit series, ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed mostly (75%) in Northern Ireland.  It is the most watched show since ‘The Sopranos’ 2007.  It has boosted tourism and employment, and tourists are estimated to have added about $149.1 million to the local economy.

Statutes of Kilkenny

The ‘Statutes of Kilkenny’ 1366 was an attempt to eliminate Gaelic culture and identity.  One of its rules was that everyone living within The Pale (Dublin and areas ruled by the English) was to change their Irish names to a color or occupation i.e.: Brown, Black, Smith, Baker, Cooper, Taylor, etc.

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