Musical instruments go back to at least the Middle Ages when there were three principal instruments: harp, bagpipes and trompin, which is now extinct.
The Gearagh, near Macroom, Co Cork, is one of four inland forest deltas in the world and is described as the most ecologically intact. It was controversially flooded in the 1950’s to make way for hydroelectric dams at Macroom. Thousands of ancient oak and yew trees from what is described as Western Europe’s last post-glacial alluvial temperate rainforest were destroyed. However, a re-birth has been noted in the forest and has made a remarkable recovery.
Princess Charlotte has received a handmade willow rattle from Ireland for her first birthday. It was made by Ciarnan Hogan who is a master weaver.
Celtic society was not primitive but rather a highly complex society. For centuries it was the most scholarly and most civilized of western Europe. And all this without a government. There was no legislature, no courts, no bailiffs, no police, no enforcement of justice.
Redmond O’Hanlon was known as the Irish Robin Hood. He extorted money from the landlords to give to the peasants after he had seen his home pulled down and his family left homeless during the Cromwellian conquest in the 17th Century. He charged the landlords protection money to prevent their livestock being stolen.
The latest Star Wars heroine, Rey, has said the Skellig Michael was like a “rock that just came out of the sea.”
The National Museum of Transport is located in Heritage Depot, Howth, Dublin. 60 out of 100 vehicles currently on display are from 1883 -1984.