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Category Archive for 'Irish Trivia'

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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According to USA Today, Derry is the number 1 place to celebrate Halloween.  For 30 years, the people of Derry have had this celebration for 3 days, with floats, parades, singing, dancing, concerts, and of course, fireworks over the River Foyle.

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The Irish have captured the world’s imagination, and the game of interpreting them has to have been going on for centuries, often with doubtful results.

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Ronan Keating has boasted that many couples have gotten engaged and babies conceived while listening to his song “When you say nothing at all.”

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Citog – An Old Irish Term

Citog is an old Irish term given to a left handed person and was often used in a derogatory manner for those considered “a bit strange. “

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Wedding Traditions

Mayo wedding proposal: “How would you like to be buried with my people?” If the bride’s mother-in-law breaks a piece of cake on the bride’s head, they will be friends for life.

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Cure for Upset Stomach

Whipped egg whites mixed with sugar will cure an upset stomach.

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The Art of Negotiating

The Irish have always had a knack for negotiating between warring factions, given their history of clan wars.  In America they naturally took to the jobs of politicians.  An articulate Irishman could defeat his opponent with one verbal blow.

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The Irish Question

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli didn’t always have a grasp of the Irish question such as in 1868, when he said: ” I want to see a public man come forward and say what the Irish question is.  It is the Pope one day and the potato the next.”             

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