Ireland & the Irish

Traditional Foods of Ireland

From Irish stew to soda bread, black pudding to drisheen, these are some of the dishes and recipes that Irish people have cooked for generations. There is nothing fancy about traditional …

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The GAA and the All Ireland Championship

Every county in Ireland has its own colours, proudly waved and worn by team supporters during the annual GAA All Ireland Championships. They have nicknames and county songs too - and …

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Origin & Meaning of Irish Surnames

Although many of the most common surnames or family names in Ireland have a history that stretches back to our Celtic ancestors, quite a few are not of Gaelic origin …

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Irish Place Names

The origin and meaning of place names in Ireland can be tricky to decipher, but they are a vivid reminder of our varied past, with names of Gaelic, Anglo-Norman, English, …

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Fast Facts about Industry & the Ecomomy in Ireland

Lots of information about how much people in Ireland earn, what they work at, what they produce and how they travel. This is an area that, given the crisis in the …

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Fast Facts about Ireland’s Geography & Environment

Although it jealously guards its reputation as a clean, green country, Ireland, in common with other developed countries, faces significant environmental challenges. While our rivers, lakes and mountains are a beautiful …

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Fast Facts about Religion in Ireland

The biggest misconception about religion in Ireland is that it is officially a Catholic state. Although Ireland's population is predominantly Catholic, it is a secular state. A recent influx of emigrants, …

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Diciphering Irish Placenames

While they may seem indecipherable most Irish place names are relatively easy to understand once you know how they are formed. Most follow a sort of pattern and knowing a few …

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Irish Surnames of Viking Origin

Among the surnames found in Ireland which date to the time of Norse or Viking invasions are fairly rare ones like Dromgoole and Trant, but also commoner ones such as …

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Huguenot & Palatine Names in Ireland

Surnames found in Ireland which date to time in the 16th and 17th centuries when French Huguenots or German Palatines fleeing religious persecution in their home countries came to Ireland. While …

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English Surnames in Ireland

Given that the English have been coming to Ireland one way or another for centuries, and the proximity of the two countries, it is not surprising that a good number …

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A Typical Irish Christmas

What life is like at Christmas in Ireland, from the days and weeks of preparation, to Christmas day and the lead in to a New Year. From office parties to pantomime, …

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