Irish legend believes that Finn McCool the greatest of the mythological Celtic heroes built the Giant’s Causeway so he could make his way to Scotland to fight a giant.
Dolmens are pre-historic monuments consisting of several layers of stone slabs supporting a flat stone roof. Designed as burial chambers, the structures are mainly confined to Western Europe.
Bagpipes are among the oldest musical instruments. Hundreds of types exist, each with a unique design and sound. They have an important role in Gaelic culture, being played at funerals, weddings and memorials.
Conservationists are expressing concern that the filming of ‘Star Wars’ on Skellig Michael will interfere with the breeding of native birds. Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry is a Unesco heritage site, and the monastery dates back to the 6th Century.
J.M. Synge was born in Sligo to Irish-Ascendancy parents, but he rejected their way of life and his portrayal of the Irish on stage was a means of reviving interest in Irish nationalism and heritage.