Ireland & the Irish

Food in Ireland 1600 – 1835

When the potato arrived in Ireland it seemed like a godsend, easily grown and nutritious enough to sustain whole families on little else.

The Coming of Christianity: 400AD – 800AD

The coming of Christianity brought not just faith but the important skills of reading and writing, until now unavailable to the Celts.

Irish Cream Recipes

If you don't want to buy Irish Cream or can't find the perfect one, the good news is that it's quite simple to make.

The Vikings in Ireland: 800AD–1169

The Vikings held sway in Ireland from 795 AD until defeated by Brian Boru at the battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Diciphering Irish Placenames

While they may seem indecipherable most Irish place names are relatively easy to understand once you know how they are formed.

Strongbow and the Normans: 1170 – 1536

In 1170 Ireland was again invaded, by the Normans, led by Strongbow, beginning a period of almost 800 years of occupation.

People & Society

Ireland's population is growing for the first time in over 150 years, which is affecting just about every aspect of life here.

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.

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Fast Facts about Irish Politics

Ireland is a Democratic Republic, with an elected president and a parliament with an upper and lower house.

Ireland’s Geography & Environment

Although it jealously guards its reputation as a clean, green country, Ireland, in common with other developed countries, faces significant …

Religion in Ireland

The biggest misconception about religion in Ireland is that it is officially a Catholic state.

Odd & Unusual Irish Place Names

Some of these names sound strange, sometimes just to non-Irish ears, sometimes to everyone.

Bacon and Cabbage

Although long associated with Ireland, Corned beef is not traditional, the Irish are far more likely to serve bacon with their cabbage.

Irish Stew

The ingredients are simple, lamb, potato, onion and carrot, but the result is a hearty and warming dish which the Irish have enjoyed for generations.

Traditional Irish Boys’ Names: A-C

Some of the most popular old Irish Celtic and Gaelic names for boys, some in common use still, others more unusual.

Traditional Irish Boys’ Names: D-I

Boys names from Dáithí, the Irish for Donald Duck, to Iarla, a name that has all but died out in its Irish form.

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