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

Celebrating One of Ireland’s Most Underrated Writers

Kate O’Brien should be one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers. Banned by both Irish and Spanish authorities in her lifetime, she tackled the intertwined taboo subjects of women’s freedom and sexuality, rendering compelling plots in lushly beautiful prose. Nothing in her works would be shocking to modern readers, but her allusions to adultery, same-sex relationships […]

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Two Faces of Ireland Share a Birthday

No nation or culture can be represented fairly by just one person. If any two men could between them manage to convey the essence of Irishness, it would be Oscar Wilde and Michael Collins. These vastly different men both shaped Irish history, culture and identity in very different ways – and they share a birthday. […]

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Raise a Glass on Arthur Guinness’s Birthday

His name is so merged with his product that we often forget it was a person’s name before it was a stout. His signature is right there on the logo, but what do we know about him? The name Guinness is as closely associated with Ireland as the name Patrick. But before there was Guinness […]

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Ireland’s Celebration of Rural Life

Most of Ireland is rural. Farming is a crucial part of the Irish economy, history and culture. One of the largest events in the country is all about farm life. Every September, when farming life calms down slightly, Irish farmers gather for a massive celebration of their vocation. The National Ploughing Championships are much more […]

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Yesteryear’s Brightest Irish Star

If you celebrate your birthday in August, you share a birthstone with one of Ireland’s most famous women. Maureen FitzSimons from the Ranelagh area in Dublin was a gifted athlete, marvelous singer, talented actress and stunning beauty born on August 17, 1920. That name might not ring a bell because she became one of the […]

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Ireland’s Second Viking Invasion

Centuries ago, the Vikings left their mark on Ireland. Dublin and Waterford particularly can boast of fascinating evidence of the influence of the Vikings who arrived in the 8th century. They began as invaders, but as fierce as they were, even the Vikings could not withstand the charm of the Irish. So they settled in […]

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