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Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

Law and Order Ancient Irish Style

Paradoxically, the stereotypical Irish-American occupation has long been police officer, but in Ireland, the concept of police came from outside.  Once upon a time, Ireland ran quite smoothly and relatively peacefully without a single police officer.  Between the time of the Druids and imposition of British Common Law, Ireland followed its own unique system of […]

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Can You See the Trees for the Forest?

Images of Ireland tend to show rolling green hillsides dotted with sheep, narrow country roads, colorful pubs and villages and beautiful ruins of castles, towers and monasteries.  You don’t see many photos of Irish forests, largely because they mostly destroyed long before the camera was invented.  Farming began in Ireland about 6,000 years ago when […]

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What’s the Appeal of Water that You Probably Shouldn’t Drink?

You might think water wouldn’t be anything special in a country famous for how much it rains, but not all water is equal.  Some is potable, some isn’t – and some is holy.  Catholic churches worldwide have holy water fonts, but Ireland takes it a step further.  We have holy wells.  Used not just for […]

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History of the Ha’Penny Bridge

Most tourists visiting Dublin make a point of strolling over this gorgeous iron pedestrian bridge spanning the River Liffey, and many Dubliners cross back and forth over it daily.  It is estimated that an average of 30,000 people use the Ha’Penny Bridge every day. The iron arches topped with lamps give a romantic, cozy charm, […]

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What Do You Really Know about the Shamrock?

You have no doubt seen it countless times on logos, decorations, tea sets, t-shirts and jewelry.  It’s one of the most enduring and popular symbols of Ireland, and it is everywhere on St. Patrick’s Day, but what do you really know about Ireland’s most famous plant?  The shamrock is synonymous with Ireland, yet it remains […]

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The Woman Who Stood up to a King and Stood up for the Poor

Across Ireland this week, children are making square crosses of rushes in honor of a saint who, despite starring in a wealth of legends and shattering the glass ceiling before churches had stained glass windows, consistently plays second fiddle to St. Patrick.  St. Brigid, the daughter of a Druid priest and a Christian slave, was […]

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