The 98.4 ft. high round tower at Monasterboice, Co. Louth, is one of the tallest round towers in Ireland.
James Joyce (1882-1941) Poet, novelist and playwright, James Joyce first published a series of short stories, “Dubliners” (1914), and then achieved success with “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (1916). His masterpiece, “Ulysses” (1922) was written using the “stream of consciousness” technique. It baffled readers and revolutionized 20th Century fiction.
Samuel Beckett (1906-89) Novelist, poet, playwright, and winner of the Nobel prize for Literature, is regarded as one of the most influential avant-garde Irish writers. His first novel “Dream of Fair to Middling,” written in 1932, was not published until 1992. His trilogy “Mallou, Malone Dies and The Unnamable,” completed in 1950, is considered a major work. His acclaimed works include “Waiting for Godot (1957), “Endgame” (1957) and “Krapp’s Last Tape” (1958).
The Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim, a major landmark, is world-famous and truly a remarkable natural geological formation on the north Antrim coast. It is associated with the mythical Ulster giant Finn McCool. According to legend, when Finn fell in love with a lady giant on Staffa, an island in the Hebrides, he built the wide commodious highway to bring her across to the province of Ulster.
Co. Antrim forms the northwest of Ireland where a channel only 13 miles wide separates Torr Head from the Scottish coast. Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland, and the fertile valley of the River Bann occupy the western part of Co. Antrim.
Tralee, Co. Kerry, known for its annual Rose of Tralee festival, has the finest range of all-weather visitor attractions in Ireland. These include Kerry the Kingdom (a journey by time-car through medieval Tralee), the Tralee-Blennerville steam train and the Aqua Dome, one of Europe’s most exciting water-world centers. The fishing port of Fenit has an excellent sealife visitor center.
Bunratty Castle Co. Clare, is one of Ireland’s most complete medieval castles. It is a cross between the earlier Norman castles and later Gaelic tower houses. It has been furnished with the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, thus preserving a vital part of the Celtic heritage. The 26-acre folk park adjoining the castle re-creates 19th-Century Ireland and includes a village street.
A stocking filled with hot potatoes and apples will cure throat ailments.
It was considered bad luck to place shoes on a table or chair, place a bed facing the door, bring lilac into the house, cut your fingernails on Sunday, give a knife as a gift and you must wear a shamrock or green ribbon only on St Patrick’s Day.
In Gartan, Co Donegal, it is considered bad luck not to cut a step into the bog when cutting turf. This is because St. Colmcille put a curse on anyone who did not when he tripped and fell on the uneven bog land when being chased by his enemies.