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In this section we look at the heritage of Ireland - its scholars and scribes, the archaeology of the country and traces of people who have inhabited the island over the years.
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The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is one the most beautiful and ornate manuscripts ever produced. It is also one of Ireland's best-known attractions.
As graveyard visits become relegated to Sundays alone, it would seem death doesn’t fit into our lifestyles anymore.
The Irish in California
With over 4 million people of Irish descent, California has the biggest Irish population in the US.
Ireland - A history Shaped by Geography
Ireland's location and proximity to Britain have in large measure shaped her history. Ireland, which has been inhabited for approximately 7,000 years, experienced many incursions and invasions, resulting in a rich mixture of ancestry and traditions.
Archaeology of Ireland
The Irish countryside is liberally dotted with traces of the people who have inhabited the island over the past 9,000 years.
Ireland and Poker
Poker is a game played by players of all races, nationalities, and faiths. The game is different from roulette where you play against the house, but rather you play against other players. Ireland has produced their share of online poker champions and below are the five Irish poker players.
On 1st January 2004 the operational functions of Ireland's built heritage functions transferred to the Office of Public Works (OPW). The OPW has responsibility for the day-to-day running of all National Monuments and Historic Properties...
Celebrating the Life of the Minstrel Man
He sold millions in America — and helped inspire the revival in Irish music. So why is Thomas Moore still ignored by so many people? Malcolm Rogers investigates. Thomas Moore songs aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. You won't get Donal ...
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of the Irish people from the earliest times to the present day
A Master of Rhyme who wanted to Starve the Irish
The Old English of Munster rose in 1569 in a revolt that lasted four years and they rose again in 1579, this time aided by the Spanish.
Using Language as a Tool to Win Over Native Irish
During the years of Queen Elziabeth's reign, members of the settler community produced books about Ireland which were generally hostile to the Irish and their way of life.
Ousted King Dermot Invited the Normans
In the late autumn of AD 1175 the scribe making an entry into the Annals of Clonmacnoise thought that he had good news to report to the people of Ireland.
Author Terry Eagleton is one of the most published authors in recent years. Susan Press talks to him about his memoir, The Gatekeeper.
An Atlantic Haven for a Great Irish Playwright
Inis Meáin (Inishmaan in English) simply means “middle island”. It sits between the two other Aran islands off the Galway coast.
How the English Tamed Ireland's Gaelic Ways
The beginning of the end for the Gaelic world came in the 16th century, when England’s Tudor monarchs launched determined, and ultimately successful, efforts to conquer Ireland.
Chance to Buy Bilingual Signs Sale
Foras na Gaeilge — the new All-Ireland language body — now have special packs of bilingual signs on sale.
Ireland Takes Art from
Dublin’s National Art Gallery opened its new wing last week with a stunning new exhibition.
House Mix-Up Stops Tribute to the Father of the Titanic
reports on a timely honour spoiled by an historic mistake in Belfast’s suburban street planning
A Forgotten Star of Irish Gothic Literature
Mrs J. H. Riddell was one of the most popular and influential writers of the Victorian period
Marie Jones’ Stones In His Pockets continues its run at the Duke of York’s (0207 369 1791) in London’s West End
Huge Demand for Crafts
Over 10,000 international buyers from around the world are expected to descend on Ireland’s annual crafts trade fair in Dublin this week.
A Song to Remember
On the 30th anniversary of the death of Padraic Colum in January 1972, Malcolm Rogers considers his life and his most famous work, She Moved Through The Fair
JRR Tolkien - the Irish Connection
The imagination of author JRR Tolkien who created the mystical Middle Earth of the Lord of the Rings was first nurtured in the Irish community in the Midlands.
A Daring but Imperfect Hero
Donal Cam, The O Sullivan Bere, (1560-1618) has been portrayed in Irish history as one of the greatest heroes of the Irish struggle against the Elizabethan forces. His epic march from Glengarriff to Leitrim has been glorified in folklore through the ages.
A Chance to Learn Irish
Irish language college Coláiste na nGael have organized an Irish language weekend for May 4 to 6, 2002
Scholars and Scribes - an Irish Heritage
In the Middle Ages, scholars and scribes compiled the great manuscript books which are treasure troves of Gaelic culture
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