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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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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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