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 brought not just faith but the important skills of reading and writing, until now unavailable to the Celts.
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 held sway in Ireland from 795 AD until defeated by Brian Boru at the battle of Clontarf in 1014.
While they may seem indecipherable most Irish place names are relatively easy to understand once you know how they are formed.
In 1170 Ireland was again invaded, by the Normans, led by Strongbow, beginning a period of almost 800 years of occupation.
Ireland's population is growing for the first time in over 150 years, which is affecting just about every aspect of life here.
Ireland is a Democratic Republic, with an elected president and a parliament with an upper and lower house.
Although it jealously guards its reputation as a clean, green country, Ireland, in common with other developed countries, faces significant …
The biggest misconception about religion in Ireland is that it is officially a Catholic state.
Some of these names sound strange, sometimes just to non-Irish ears, sometimes to everyone.
Although long associated with Ireland, Corned beef is not traditional, the Irish are far more likely to serve bacon with their cabbage.
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.
Some of the most popular old Irish Celtic and Gaelic names for boys, some in common use still, others more unusual.