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Modular homes in Dublin are costing more to build than an actual house, costing the taxpayer 191,000 euros each.  The temporary houses were seen as a short term solution to the homeless crisis in the city.  This cost is 11,000 euros more than the cost of building an actual house which is 80,000 euros.  Weather has been blamed for the increase.

Three young Irish stars have been nominated to Forbes magazine’s list of 30 influential people under 30 in the entertainment area.  They are: Saoirse Ronan, Rory McIllroy and songwriter Hozier.

Ireland & Computers

Ireland is leading the world in teaching children computer.  In 2015 there were more classes per capita than anywhere else.

Magazine for Red Heads

A magazine aimed at people with red hair has proven to be hugely popular.  It  makes reference to the protein contained in the hormone that influences skin and hair color.  It is published in Germany.

“The Celtic Curse”

Research by scientists and archeologists in several leading universities in Ireland has begun to reveal aspects of lives and genetic traits of the early Irish.  The bodies of three Bronze Age men who were buried on Rathlin Island around 4,000 yrs. ago reveal that one third of their genetic ancestry came from a region around the Black Sea and modern Ukraine and Russia.  Genomes from the men were found to contain genetic traits for the disease ‘haemachromotosis’ which  causes high levels of iron in the blood.  It is so common in the Irish (the highest in the world) it is called “The Celtic Curse”.

On average, the people in Ireland consume more than 4 times the recommended amount of sugar per day, leading even to obesity in babies.

Did You Know?

One third of young Irish have emigrated in the past seven years.

An Irish Saying

As long as the night is, the day will come.

Liam Neeson is to be the narrator for a 3-part documentary on the Easter Rising.  The Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at University of Notre Dame has collaborated with several universities around the world to look at the event.  It will be broadcast on RTE, BBC and PBS.

Irish Blessing

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, fast to make friends; but rich or poor, may you know only happiness from this day forward.

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