“The Irish treat a joke as a serious thing and a serious thing as a joke.”
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.
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.
Ancient Order of Hibernians dedicated a memorial to the famine dead at Grosse Ile, Quebec on Aug 15, 1887.
Aug 12, 1690 Patrick Sarsfield troops attack and destroy the Williamite seige train at Ballyneetty Castle, Limerick.
Sign at the ‘Hibernian’ pub in Cork: “For those who drink to forget, please pay in advance.”