Apr
30
2012
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What are the key facts about Ireland?

emerald-isleIreland, and Éire in the Irish language, are the official names of the Republic of Ireland. Ireland comprises the island of Ireland, except for the six northern counties that are part of Northern Ireland and therefore of the United Kingdom. Geography Ireland has a land area of 70,280 square kilometers, including 1390 square kilometers of enclosed [&hel[more...]

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Feb
20
2012
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How many idiots lived in Ireland in 1911?

ireland-1911-censusNowadays, the word idiot is most commonly heard as an insult traded between motorists, but it’s not so long ago that idiots were counted in the national census. In recent centuries, “idiot” was not a perjorative term but the name for a person with profound mental retardation. In Latin, an idiota is a private person [&hel[more...]

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Oct
25
2009
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Is corned beef and cabbage really Irish?

Happy St. Patrick's Day - courtesy mccun934 - CC-BYIs corned beef and cabbage really Irish? Well, the short answer is that corned beef and cabbage is about as Irish as spaghetti and meatballs. The dish was actually invented in the United States in the mid 1800's, though it was developed by Irish immigrants. Since cattle were used for milk rather than meat in [&hel[more...]

May
19
2009
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Which celebrities have been given a claddagh ring?

Claddagh rings - photo by Athena - CC-BYWhen Buffy the Vampire Slayer script writers put a claddagh ring on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s hand in 1998, millions of Buffy and Angel (David Boreanaz) fans began to take an interest in this traditional Irish love ring. The internet has added to that new wave of popularity with thousands of sites explaining how to wear [&hel[more...]

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Apr
13
2009
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What are rag trees, clootie wells, and raggedy bushes?

Scottish clootie well, with rags and ribbons tied on trees for good luck and healing, and water trickling nearby. (Photo by conner395 - CC-BY)Rag trees, clootie wells, and raggedy bushes are English, Scottish, and Irish names for special places with a mystical reputation. People visit in the hope of healing and good fortune and tie a piece of cloth on a particular tree or bush near a well or source of water. Often the tree is a hawthorn [&hel[more...]

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Feb
25
2009
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What is Dublin, Ireland city profile?

Dublin - courtesy ooOJasonOoo - CC-BYDublin is the capital of Ireland and the country’s largest city. The settlement of ‘Dubh Linn’ dates back to the first century BC and later a monastery was built there. The area was first inhabited by Celtic people, before the Vikings arrived and took control. Over time, the two groups mixed and established a strong [&hel[more...]

Feb
17
2009
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What is meant by ‘authentic’ Celtic jewellery?

Torcs like these necklaces were worn 2000 years ago in Celtic cultures - photo by Helen Etheridge - CC-BYDictionaries say authentic means genuine, but how much does that help when browsing Celtic jewellery stores? A strict interpretation of the word would leave us nothing but ancient gold, silver, and bronze belonging to museums. Many people choosing this kind of jewellery simply want pieces influenced by Celtic traditions in tune with their beliefs and [&hel[more...]

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Feb
14
2009
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Do we know the true history of Claddagh rings?

Claddagh rings - photo by Athena - CC-BYCladdagh rings, with a crowned heart held by two hands, are named after a fishing community in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, where they were used for betrothals and marriages, and handed down from mother to daughter. When I first heard a well-known story about their origins it seemed too fanciful to be [&hel[more...]

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Feb
10
2009
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What is the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange?

Newgrange passage tomb - courtesy Jule_Berlin - CC-BYThe Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC and is about 400 years older than the Great Pyramid.  It is perhaps the most famous Irish prehistoric site. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years. It [&hel[more...]

Feb
05
2009
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What can I see on a short trip to Dublin?

Dublin - the Ha'penny Bridge over the river Liffey - photo by david.nikonvscanon - CC-BY If you’re making a quick visit to Dublin, it makes sense to plan your personal sightseeing “tour” in advance. You could start at the Ha’penny Bridge in the picture above. It’s central, for pedestrians only, and has pleasant river views, including the nearby pier for cruise boats. Near the southern end of the bridge are [&hel[more...]

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Jan
29
2009
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Where can I find information on a company in Ireland?

Monument of Light, Dublin (photo by Daveybot CC-BY) If you are thinking of conducting business in the Republic of Ireland, you may need to check out your potential customers, or if entering into partnership or other business with them, their previous commercial experience. In the Republic of Ireland the Companies Registration Office houses the Register of Companies and Business Names (An Oifig um [&hel[more...]

Jan
13
2009
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What’s the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and the British Isles?

Ireland, and the United Kingdom (CIA World Factbook - PD)The terms United Kingdom, Great Britain and British Isles are confusing, even to many people who live in Britain. It’s easier to understand the differences if you remember that United Kingdom is short for “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland“. The British Isles are an island group containing Great Britain and its [&hel[more...]

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