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Patrick Pearse was born on this day — November 10, 1879.

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Slainte

Sláinte is the most used Irish expression in America. Sláinte, meaning ‘Good Health,’ is an ancient Irish expression that derives from the word slán, meaning safe. It is used in different contexts. For example, when downing a pint of Guinness you say ‘Sláinte’ before you begin to drink. There are many other expressions that use slainte such as ‘Is fearr an […]

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It’s official! Thanks in no small part to Colin Farrell, the Irish accent has been voted the sexiest in the world. French men can only hang their heads in shame as they came FOURTH – just ahead of the Australian accent. The survey, which polled 5,000 women from around the world, revealed that Ireland is now […]

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Robert Emmet

Robert Emmet (1778-1803) is remembered as a heroic champion of Irish liberty.

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Baltimore, Co. Cork

That Baltimore, County Cork is a small fishing and sailing port located about 7 miles southwest of Skibbereen. ‘Baile na Tighe Mor is the Irish language translation of Baltimore and means ‘townland of the big house’. It is the namesake of Baltimore, MD and the family seat of Lord Calvert was located in the barony. […]

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The 98.4 ft. high round tower at Monasterboice, Co. Louth, is one of the tallest round towers in Ireland.

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Famous Irish Writer

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 […]

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Cure for Throat Ailments

A stocking filled with hot potatoes and apples will cure throat ailments.

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Bad Luck Actions

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.

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Why Cut A Step Into An Irish Bog

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.

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