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Irish History and Culture

Every visitor should have some background information on the history and culture of Ireland. This will not only help to make sense of it all, it will also lead to a much deeper appreciation and more enjoyment of the visit.
  1. Languages of Ireland (12)
  2. Irish History 101 (11)
  3. Irish Literature (5)

Brian Boru
Brian Boru - the only real High King of Ireland, slain in his moment of glory.

The Battle of Clontarf (1014)
Clontarf 1014 - a battle for Dublin, Leinster and all Ireland, with shiploads of Vikings involved.

Battle of Clontarf Festival 2014
Reenacting the Battle of Clontarf Festival - Dublin 2014, blood, guts and lots of sunshine.

Get Your Own Little Brian Boru
Brian-Boru-themed collectibles - maybe a souvenir?

The Vikings in Ireland
The Viking Age in Ireland - no barbarians, no horns, no epic final battle and then off to Valhalla.

When Did Ireland Become a Republic?
April 18th, 1949 - the Republic of Ireland is created by law.

Irish Jubilees in 2013
Noteworthy jubilees in Irish history, celebrated (or at least remembered) during 2013.

Rural Ireland for Visitors
Rural Ireland sports many signs for upcoming championships, shows, fairs, markets or festivals - should you go?

Irish Round Towers – What Defines Them?
Irish Round Towers – how to identify an "original" round tower by height, circumference and age ...

Irish Round Towers – An Enigma
Irish Round Towers ... who built them and why? Here are some theories, from Buddhist immigrants to ancient astronauts, from hideaways to bell-towers.

The Prehistoric Monuments of Ireland
When visiting Ireland you might get confused - what exactly is the difference between a wedge tomb and a passage tomb? Let me help you out with some basic explanations.

The Early Christian and Medieval Monuments of Ireland
Have you ever wondered what these round towers were for, who used tower houses or what an Ogham-stone is? All are relics from the Irish middle ages, dozens of them are literally dotted around Ireland.

Irish High Crosses - Their History and Origins
When one mentions a Celtic cross, this automatically summons up the image of a Latin (conventional) cross with the stem and arms linked by a circular addition. This specific form of the main Christian symbol may have had its origin in Ireland, though it is also known in Cornwall, Wales, Northern England and parts of Scotland.

Irish High Crosses - An Image Gallery
The High Crosses of Ireland are often called "sermons in stone" ... find out why in this image gallery.

Irish High Crosses - Where to Find Them
Often copied, but never with the grandiose splendour of the immense "scripture crosses", the originals are still to be found all over Ireland. Threehundred in all, though some are jigsaw puzzles missing the bulk of their pieces. Here are some High Crosses worth seeking out ...

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) - A Governing Body
Controlling body of all Gaelic Games is the GAA, the Gaelic Athletic Association, founded in 1884. Here it is decided who plays whom when and where according to what rules. Or who is not allowed to play – because sport for the GAA is a national issue, often seen from a nationalistic viewpoint. Which sometimes verged on the ridiculous.

The Tailteann Games - An Olympic Event for the "Celtic Race"
One of the more scurrilous chapters in the history of Irish sport was written by an alliance featuring the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Gaelic League and a liberal sprinkling of artists. These together came up with the brilliant idea of a "World Meeting of the Celtic Race".

Irish Words Everybody Needs
A short introduction to the Irish words and phrases visitors are most likely to encounter.

Irish History - A Short Timeline
Irish History - A Short Timeline - Irish history can be complicated, but there are some key dates and events that every visitor should be aware of. Look back on 10,000 years from the prehistoric first appearance of mankind on the Emerald Isle via St. Patrick's mission to the ongoing peace process.

Irish History - From the 1798 Rebellion to the Rise of the Fenians
Irish History - From the 1798 Rebellion to the Rise of the Fenians - Irish history can be complicated, but there are some key dates and events that every visitor should be aware of. Look back on 10,000 years from the prehistoric first appearance of mankind on the Emerald Isle via St. Patrick's mission to the ongoing peace process.

Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1916)
1916 Declaration of the Irish Republic - read out by Patrick Pearse during the Easter Rising.

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