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Celtic society was not primitive but rather a highly complex society.  For centuries it was the most scholarly and most civilized of western Europe.  And all this without a government.  There was no legislature, no courts, no bailiffs, no police, no enforcement of justice.

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Irish Robin Hood

Redmond O’Hanlon was known as the Irish Robin Hood. He extorted money from the landlords to give to the peasants after he had seen his home pulled down and his family left homeless during the Cromwellian conquest in the 17th Century.  He charged the landlords protection money to prevent their livestock being stolen.

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Youghah, one of Ireland’s walled cities, has a significant amount of walls still standing from the 13th Century unlike the walls of most cities.  They were built by the Normans who ruled there until it was attacked by the Desmonds who ruled for 300 years.

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The 1889 Statutes Act deemed Dublin Mean Time as opposed to Greenwich Mean Time as the legal time for all of Ireland. This was exactly 25 min and 21 seconds behind local time in Britain.  After the Rising in 1916 it was realized that this was not only inconvenient but was confusing for telegraph communications […]

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Dundalk Jail

Dundalk jail was built in 1853 by Joseph Coffee.  Due to unforeseen events he had to declare bankruptcy and became the first prisoner in his own jail.

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Ireland’s National Symbol

Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument as its national symbol.  The Harp appears on all currency, official papers and passports.

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A geological survey has tested areas with modern technology and found evidence that there could be far more precious metals in the south eastern part of Ireland than previously thought. A spokesman said, “There is more platinum, gold and precious metals in the streams and rivers than believed.” They hope the findings will encourage exploration […]

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Guinness’ New Advertisement

Guinness will be presenting a new advertisement featuring John Hammond, an Irish immigrant who brought black and white musicians together.  He ran a music studio in Manhattan in the 1930s and learned to love jazz.  He started Count Basie and Billie Holliday on their careers.

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“The Celtic Curse”

Research by scientists and archeologists in several leading universities in Ireland has begun to reveal aspects of lives and genetic traits of the early Irish.  The bodies of three Bronze Age men who were buried on Rathlin Island around 4,000 yrs. ago reveal that one third of their genetic ancestry came from a region around […]

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Skellig Michael, Co Kerry was named an historic site in 1996 by UNESCO, the World Heritage Site.  Star Wars recently filmed there but it is likely it will not be used for the next two Star Wars.  While it was being filmed, there was some damage to the steps leading to the summit.  Instead, a […]

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