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A study done at Univ. College of Dublin has discovered that the Travelling Community dates back further than previously thought.  They found that instead of originating at time of the Great Hunger, they actually split genetically from the settled population 360 years previously. Travellers make up 0.6% (30,000) of the population in the Republic. Genetic […]

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Charles J. Kickham

Charles J. Kickham, 1828-1882: Tipperary born writer and political activist. He is best remembered for his nationalist writings, especially the novel ‘Kocknagow’ (1873). An active member of the Tenant League and a regular contributor to ‘the Nation, he later joined the Fenians and promoted their aims and methods in his writings. His other writings included […]

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W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

As a schoolboy in London, Yeats longed for his native Sligo and as an adult he often returned there. He describes Sligo in his Reveries over Childhood and Youth and Sligo’s lake-studded landscape haunts his poetry. His gravestone in Drumcliff carries an epitaph he wrote himself, “Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman […]

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James Joyce (1882-1941)

James Joyce was born in Dublin but spent most of his adult life in Europe. He used Dublin as the setting for all of his major works including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses. Joyce claimed that if Dublin were ever destroyed, it could be recreated from the pages […]

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Johnathan Swift was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He spent five years in England but returned to Dublin in 1694 after failure of his political career. After his return to Ireland, he began a life in the church, becoming the dean of St. Patrick’s in 1713. Swift also was a prolific commentator. […]

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Leamaneh Castle, Co. Clare

Leamaneh Castle/Leim an Eich (The Stallion’s Leap), Co. Clare-Built in the late 1400’s and expanded in the 1640’s. It is located 12 miles north of Ennis. It was the home of Maire ‘Rua’ (Red Mary) McMahon-O’Brien and her husband Conor O’Brien. Red (flaming red hair) Mary is considered to be the last of the great […]

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Famous Irish Novelist

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.

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County Antrim

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.

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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 […]

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Musical Instruments of Ireland

Musical instruments go back to at least the Middle Ages when there were three principal instruments: harp, bagpipes and trompin, which is now extinct.

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