Ireland & the Irish

Irish Place Names: D-G

The meaning of Glen in an Irish place name is pretty obvious.

Irish Placenames: C

Many place names in Ireland begin with the letter C.

Irish Place Names: A-B

A guide to figuring out the meaning of place names that begin with the letter A or B, from Abbeyfeale and Ardagh to Ballybunion and Bunratty.

Christmas in Ireland

Christmas is a major event in Ireland, both as a holiday and as an occasion for frenzied shopping and overindulgence - much as it is everywhere else.

Irish Tea Brack

This deliciously fruity cross between cake and bread is traditionally eaten at Halloween in Ireland.

Irish Christmas Pudding

With its rich fruit and the plentiful addition of whiskey, this pudding has an important place at the table in any traditional Irish Christmas …

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.

Rugby in Ireland

Although Ireland is a small country in rugby terms, the game is hugely popular and both national teams and club side have enjoyed considerable …

Housing & Homelessness

Much of the vaunted successes of the Celtic Tiger era in Ireland was based on construction, with massive numbers of house, apartment, hotel and …

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.

Early Ireland: 10000BC to 2000BC

The first Irish people, who probably arrived from Scotland about 9000 years ago, were hunter gatherers, constantly on the move in search of food.

History of Irish Food

The food people ate in the past in Ireland has always been closely interwoven with other aspects of our history, particularly so because for a …

Food in Early Ireland

In early Ireland everyone ate more or less the same food, initially whatever they could hunt or forage, later grains and other farmed crops.

Irish First Names

An introduction to the origin and meaning of baby names or Christian names in Ireland.

Pre-Christian Ireland 2000 BC – 400 AD

Pre-christian Ireland had a complex and well ordered social structure, and have left us a legacy that has persisted for centuries. But was it Celtic …

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, …

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