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“Devil’s Bit”

“Devil’s Bit” is a mountain in Co Tipperary. According to legend, it got its name because the devil took a bite out of it. There is a small gap in the mountain between one outcrop of rock and another small plateau which is the spot where the devil bit it. He broke his teeth taking […]

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Sold outside of Ireland as Magners Original Irish Cider to avoid conflict with a similarly named English cider, the beverage’s formula is exactly the same, whether it is called Bulmers or Magners. The cider is fermented and matured for up to two years and is made from 17 varieties of apples. Bulmers is available on […]

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New Year’s Greeting

Wishing all our blogger friends a Safe and Happy New Year and a healthy and prosperous 2017.

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Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim, a major landmark, is world-famous and truly a remarkable natural geological formation on the north Antrim coast. It is associated with the mythical Ulster giant Finn McCool. According to legend, when Finn fell in love with a lady giant on Staffa, an island in the Hebrides, he built the […]

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Princess Charlotte’s Rattle

Princess Charlotte has received a handmade willow rattle from Ireland for her first birthday. It was made by Ciarnan Hogan who is a master weaver.

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The latest Star Wars heroine, Rey, has said the Skellig Michael was like a “rock that just came out of the sea.”

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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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