Sean Og the leprechaun in O hare pub in Carlingford. County Louth, Ireland.

The Tale of the Wily Leprechaun

In the northeast corner of County Louth in Ireland lies the small and incredibly beautiful Cooley Peninsula. But as well its incredible beauty, it is also home to one wily little leprechaun.

Brexit - European Union, which way to turn

Brexit – Maybe the Solution lies in the Problem

The UK has never been as divided as it is today over Brexit, or has it? There’s no doubt that Brexit has caused unprecedented division across the whole of the UK. It has pitted the public against each other: Leavers against Remainers. It has broken our Parliament and caused bitter fighting among the various political factions. It is tearing families apart. But maybe, just maybe, the solution to the Brexit crisis lies in the very thing that is causing us problems.

Saint Brigid cathedral in Kildare town

Saint Brigid Day – Feb 1st

Saint Brigid Day When many people think of Ireland and Saints, you can guarantee that in most cases the name Saint Patrick will come to mind. But there are many […]

Finn McCool's home on the Hill of Allen.

The Bog of Allen.

The Bog of Allen, home of the legendary Irish Giant Finn McCool. The Bog of Allen is an immense raised bog covering an area nearly 1000 square kilometres in size. […]

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Halloween it’s NOT American!

Halloween, it’s NOT American Many people, it seems, think that Halloween is an American celebration. Over here in Slovenia, where I am currently living, when I ask people if they […]

Patsy Dan Rodgers - The King of Tory Island

All Hail the King of Tory Island

In memory of Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory This weekend Ireland said a sad farewell to the only remaining king in Ireland, the King of Tory, Patsy Dan […]

The stone of the Divisions (AKA the Cat Stone) on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath is is possibly the most significant ancient monument in the whole country. Firstly, legend say that this is the burial place of Queen Eriu, Queen of the Tuatha de Danann (A powerful, magical race that inhabited Ireland before the Celts). She was defeated and mortally wounded in a battle with the Celtic King, Amergen granted her a dying wish. He promised her that the island would bear her name forever – The Gaelic name Eriú was later changed by the Vikings into “Eriú’s Land”, or Ireland. This 30-ton stone looks more like a giant bolder that has been cracked into several pieces. The splits are believed to represent the ancient divisions of Ireland. A book called Beneath the Shadow of Uisneach, says that it was from here that the five ancient provinces of Ireland met, symbolising this as the centre of Ireland. The stone’s Irish name depicts this: Ail na Mireann (“Stone of the Divisions”). The division were first made by the Fir Bolg. It is on this hill that the first fire was lit for the ancient festival of Bealtaine. It was said that a fire lit at the summit here could be seen all over Ireland, and that all fires were lit from this one. This hill was also the gathering place of the kings of Ireland.

The Hill of Uisneach

Ail na Mireann (the stone of the Divisions) – Burial place of the Goddess Ériu, from whom Ireland takes its name. On the R390 between Mullingar and Athlone in County […]

Reek Sunday – The Annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage

Reek Sunday 2018 is almost upon us. Lying on the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, Croagh Patrick is a 765-metre mountain lying to the west of Westport town in County Mayo, […]