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What Was the Irish Rebellion of 1641?

What Was the Irish Rebellion of 1641?

Posted by Jessie Tyler on 19th Oct 2019

The Rebellion of 1641, which began in Ireland’s northernmost province of Ulster on October 23, was a bad time in the history of Ireland. Catholics surprised the Protestant settlers, killing a very large number of them. This sudden revolt by rebel Catholics divides historians about short term and lon …
Folklore Friday: Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Young

Folklore Friday: Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Young

Posted by Olivia O'Mahony on 16th Aug 2019

There is a great poem by Irish writer Thomas Kinsella. The piece is entitled “Mirror in February,” and ends as follows: “In slow distaste / I fold my towel with what grace I can, / not young, and not renewable, but man.” In those few brief words, an important question is elegantly drawn — why is …
How to Wear a Claddagh Ring

How to Wear a Claddagh Ring

Posted by Ima Ocon on 14th Aug 2019

When you see a Claddagh ring, it’s hard to forget, since the distinctive design features a pair of hands holding a heart with a crown on top. Also called a fainne Chladaigh in Irish, it’s been a part of Irish tradition for so long that nearly everyone in Ireland knows what it is by default. However, …
72 Hours in Belfast: The Best Things To Do And See

72 Hours in Belfast: The Best Things To Do And See

Posted by Justine Mikaloff on 12th Aug 2019

Whatever it is you’re looking for, Belfast has something to offer. And once you’ve discovered this jewel of Northern Ireland, you’ll always want to come back.Museums, Historic Sites, and ToursThe last surviving Victorian market in Belfast, the St. George's Market is ideal for your summer Irish shop …
8 Irish Novels to Devour in 2019

8 Irish Novels to Devour in 2019

Posted by Olivia O'Mahony on 7th Aug 2019

For as long as anyone can remember, the people of Ireland have put the copious contents of their imaginations down in writing, contributing to a literary tradition that has since been recognized as one of the most prolific and praised in the entire world. Writers of every age, gender, and backgro …
Lughnasadh: The Irish Harvest Festival

Lughnasadh: The Irish Harvest Festival

Posted by Justine Mikaloff on 29th Jul 2019

Lughnasadh (pronounced “LOO-nah-sah”) is one of the four primary festivals in the ancient Celtic calendar. Each quarter of the year had its own celebration to mark the dark and light parts of the year. Samhain in October prepared for winter and the end of the harvest season. Imbolc in February cel …