You fight dirt all your life and then you’re buried in it, so why bother?
The Celts believed that the worst crime that could be committed was the murder of one’s own clan member. It was called “fingal” and the guilty party was placed in a boat with no oars and put out to sea. If god spared his/her life he could never come back to the kingdom again but must live out his life as an outcast.
Trim in the Boyne Valley is home to Trim Castle which was featured in “Braveheart” had more ancient buildings than any other town in Ireland. Trim Castle was constructed by Hugh deLacy in the late Middle ages and has a 20 sided tower. It was built over a period of 20 years and marked the outer northern boundary of English influence.
Sept 23 is the Autumn Equinox, the time when the day and night are of equal length. This was a solar festival of great importance to the ancient Irish. Typically, it would have been celebrated with a feast and offerings to give thanks for the fruits of the earth.
Irish artist Colin Davidson has captured the pain of the Troubles at the Ulster Museum. Called “Silent Testimony,” it will run through Jan 2016. Free admission.
Milk from a hazelnut kernel mixed with mead or honey will cure a cough.
Wexford Town has a pet seal called Sammy. He follows the fishing boats dining on mackerel and herring which the fishermen throw to him.