How today’s tradition of a post-Christmas day of charitable giving began with a convergence of Irish druidic sacrifice and the Christian Feast of Stephen.
Modern Irish stained glass artwork is among the finest in the world, and you can see it all for free at countless churches throughout the country.
Some of Ireland’s Christmas traditions are rooted in the small island’s own rich and ancient history, whereas others rolled in with the tide over the centuries.
The leprechaun’s began as a fairy trickster in rural Irish communities and has today become a beloved piece of international Irish kitsch.
Though Ireland is often known for green fields, it also has a tradition of influential boat making and seafaring that stretches back millenia.
The Irish Arts and Crafts Movement sought to abolish the distinction between high art and vernacular decorative arts for the home. Its impacts are still with us today.