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National Museum of Transport

The National Museum of Transport is located in Heritage Depot, Howth, Dublin.  60 out of 100 vehicles currently on display are from 1883 -1984.

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Recent filming of “Game of Thrones” had to be postponed when a torrential rainstorm occurred and rocks began falling on the crew.  The filming was taking place at Magheramorne Quarry in Co Antrim.

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Bizzarre Mystery

In 1974 a bizarre medical case occurred when a baby was born with the cap of a Guinness stout bottle stuck in its scalp.  Neither the doctor nor mother had any idea how the cap made it in there.  The only explanation to date is that she must have accidently swallowed it.

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Climate Washouts

A climate study that has explored changing seasonal extremes says that extremes will become the norm.  Dr. Conor Murphy stated that climate washouts would occur every 8 years.

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Mystery of Falling Hazelnuts

In 1867 the people of Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, reported “food” falling from the sky.   The particles resembled wood and had an aromatic odor. One onlooker clarified the items as hazelnuts, but how they came to be falling from the sky is still a mystery.

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It is almost a century when the last of the thatched cottages came down in the Claddagh.  They were replaced by terraced housing at that time.  Now a family named Walsh has built an authentic thatched cottage off Fairhill Rd.  They will sell sculptures made of bog wood.  Freshly baked bread and tea will be […]

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Celtics’ Spring Equinox

Mar 18-Apr 14 is the time of the Spring Equinox.  The Alder tree is flourishing along the rivers with its roots in the water bridging the space between the earth and heaven.  The Celts made whistles out of the Alder to call the Air spirits so it is ideal for making pipes and flutes.

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Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

Thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick each year, many in bare feet.  Some of the men even go with bare chests but this is discouraged because, even in July, the time of the pilgrimage, it can be quite chilly and the rescue teams are kept very busy when the temperature drops.  On the mountain there […]

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Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, is the official residence of the queen and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.  It was recently opened to the public but only with a tour guide.

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An Irish priest, serving in England is taking a bus through towns, villages, housing estates and homeless shelters offering anyone who wishes to come on board for confession or a blessing. Fr. Frankie Malgrew had the bus blessed by the Pope, and he may take it to Ireland. His motto is from St Patrick: “Mercy […]

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