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To teach Irishmen sword fighting when they were not permitted to use swords.

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Irish Drink Brown Lemonade

Commonly sold in Northern Ireland under the brand names Cantrell & Cochrane (C&C) and Maine, brown lemonade drinkers report a slight difference in taste from white lemonade, although brown lemonade’s appearance is the result of using brown food coloring. According to legend, brown lemonade was created to give shipbuilders in Belfast something masculine to drink […]

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Did you Know?

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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