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Category Archive for 'Irish Trivia'

Enjoying the Thatch!

        This thatched roof John/Loo was found in County Clare. What a great way to enjoy reading the daily newspaper.  

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Did you Know?

The sweaters of the fishermen of the Aran Islands are woven with different patterns for each family, as individual as fingerprints. This tradition resulted from fishermen drowning accidentally and their sweaters being the only remnants that returned to shore.  The individual weave helped identify the fishermen who had been lost to the sea.

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Gaelic Sports

  So you think you know your Gaelic Sports-try these questions: 1. What organization is the governing body of Gaelic Sports world wide?  2. What year was this organization founded? 3. What is the name of the hotel and city where the organization was founded?  4. What is a caman? 5. How many players are […]

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Smuggling Activity

There is a lucrative trade in South Armagh for smuggling vegetables from across the South.  Seems this is more profitable than smuggling petrol which was the chief operation of the smugglers in the past.

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Game of Irish Kings and Nobility

Chess (fidcheel) was played by the kings and nobility of Ireland.  The board was made from yew wood and divided into black and white squares. Royal chessmen sometimes made of yellow gold and white bronze were two and a half inches tall, elaborately carved and embellished with precious metals.  These were of so much of […]

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Answer:  Brian Boru’s harp.

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Irish Root Word

Currach, a marsh.

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Irish Root Word

Baile/pronounced bally, a town or townland such has Ballykelly or Ballybunion.

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Irish Root Word

Ard/ high, a height (Ard Ri) High King

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Time of the Reed Moon

Oct 28- Nov 23- Time of the REED MOON.  To the Celts, this month was the end of the year and Samhain (Halloween) was celebrated.  It was a time to connect with the ancestors.  Reed was used to thatch roofs and as coverings for floors.  It was also used to make whistles, flutes and recorders.  It […]

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