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Happy Samhain

Halloween originated in Ireland as the Celtic festival of Samhain, which is why so many Halloween traditions are Irish! Samhain was seen as the end of summer but also the beginning of another year. It was also the one day of the year when spirits could walk the...

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World Animal Day.

The BEARS are BACK! Thousands of years ago, Ireland was covered in a thick blanket of forest. Today, due to industry and deforestation, this area of woodland has reduced massively, as have the animals that once inhabited it.  However you can still see a glimpse of...

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Summer Staycations

All the things we have missed the most are possible again this Summer - travel, friends, eating and drinking out, having the craic. Are we all raring for all of those things?? Put them all together and you've got the perfect recipe for a group staycation. Get 10...

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A Christmas Childhood

This is a lovely Christmas combo, Patrick Kavanagh's "A Christmas Childhood" looks back to the winters of his childhood in the early 1900's. The poem is full of nostalgia for rural family life on the farm in Co Monaghan. The poem is followed by Christy O'Leary...

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The gift of Christmas beer

As we head into a Christmas like no other, we will look back on 2020 with many emotions. Once associated with perfect vision, 2020 will be forever synonymous with dark days of isolation and lack of togetherness. But it will pass and we will look back on how we got...

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Congratulations Mr Joe Biden & the US

Irish people love nothing more than to dig up Irish ancestry for anyone who wants it! We even found an Irish cousin for Barrack Obama, albeit his eighth cousin it still counts! They happily claimed Obama as one of their own in the small village of Moneygall, Co...

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Beoirfest – a virtual beer tour around Ireland

I am looking forward to taking part in Beoirfest this Sun June 28th at 2pm GMT. We are all well used to living virtually during Covid19 at this stage. So why not tour the breweries of Ireland virtually?  Beoir is the Irish word for beer. Beoirfest is a  brand new...

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Virtual tours of Dublin

Due to travel restrictions during Covid19, I have taken the opportunity to focus on local attractions in Dublin city. The saving grace during this difficult time has been getting out to exercise and the amazing weather we experienced throughout April and May in...

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Irish whiskey goes from strength to strength

Making the news this week is that the Old Midleton Distillery in Co Cork is releasing a collection of 44 bottles of whiskey with a price tag of €35,000 per bottle, making it the most expensive Irish whiskey in the world. Distilled in 1974, it is finally ready for...

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Gaelic Games

Gaelic games - hurling and gaelic football are at the backbone of every county in Ireland. We become all consumed with the games in the build up to the biggest prize of the year in Irish sport which is fought on All Ireland final day. Yesterday was the hurling All...

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