120 bronze musical horns have been found in bogs, cast sometime after 1,000 BC.
Chemicals in peat keep anything from rotting so the bogs are considered ‘the bank vaults of Irish history.’
Mt. Sandel, Derry, dates back to at least 7,000 BC. The excavations have shown how for the first time, the people lived. Fragments of burned bones, nuts and shells were found. Stones were heated in a fire before being put into a wood lined pit full of water. The fire heated the stones, bringing the water to a boil. It was kept boiling by adding more stones and this was sufficient to cook a wild boar in a relatively short time.
The custom of hanging a horseshoe over the door for luck may come from the old belief that fairies cannot pass through cold iron. The horseshoe would stop them from making mischief inside the house.
Many flour mills were established in the south-east of Ireland during the late 18th and early 19th Century, often by Quakers who had a genuine desire to improve the quality of life by giving employment.
A bog body has been found in Co Meath by peat workers at Rossan Bog. It is estimated to be thousands of years old.
Waterford is celebrating its 1,200 years as Ireland’s oldest city.
Soul cakes are small sweet cakes given as treats on Halloween. They are thought to be the first ‘treat’ ever given. When given a soul cake, the recipient must pray for the soul of a departed member of the family giving the treat.
A person born on Halloween has the ability to predict the future.