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Month: September 2015

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Letterkenny Is The Tidiest Town In Ireland

Letterkenny has been identified as the Tidiest Town in Ireland. The Tidy Towns competition has been running since 1958 and Letterkenny has entered every year since 1959. This year 862 towns and villages entered The competition is organised by the Irish Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in order to honour the tidiest…

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The True Meaning Of Irish Dancing Has Been Revealed

We all know the unique style of Irish Dance has conquered the world. But where and how did Irish Dance originate? The energy and rhythm in Irish Dance is elemental and affects people at their root. But, according to the theory in this video, that driving force is even more basic than we thought…  …

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Ireland Has The Highest Emigration In The OECD

Emigration has always been a factor in Ireland but it’s now at some of the highest levels for a century. So high that there are now a third fewer young people than just 7 years ago! Figures from both the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO)show that in 2014…

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These Hermit Nuns Left Their Monastery To Visit The Ploughing Championship

Two nuns from an enclosed order left their monastery yesterday to meet 80,000 people at the Ploughing Championship. Sr Monica and Sr Gwen, from the Order of Discalced Carmelites in Delgany, Co Wicklow, are used to a “small space with a quiet atmosphere”, which they share with six other nuns. Their average day is spent…

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No Sign Of Mrs. Doyle As Lidl Breaks The World Tea Pouring Record

The world record for pouring tea was smashed by a group of 12 at the National Ploughing Championship. No word from Mrs. Doyle on her feelings at being left out. A team of 12 people from Lidl made 1,848 cuppas in 60 minutes – beating the previous record by 240 cups. The volunteers had to…

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Did You Know Irish Is One of The 10 Oldest Languages in The World?

There are estimated to be over 6,500 languages spoken in the world today. Irish is one of the 10 oldest still spoken daily and has the oldest vernacular literature in Europe. While it’s hard to identify when any language begins and so it is impossible to rank them in terms of age, it is believed…

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Do You Know Where Ireland or England Are? On A Map Of Ireland and The UK?

Identifying countries can be tricky. After all it’s a big world. But what about identifying Ireland and the UK on a map that contains only Ireland and the UK? Could Americans do it? Sadly we all know the answer before we even watch the video… (Just please don’t ask us to identify the individual states…

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Blackader’s 1916 ‘Victory’ Memento Is Going To Be Auctioned In Dublin

A trophy commemorating Major-General Blackader’s victory over Irish rebels in 1916 is to be auctioned in Dublin. The trophy, a dinner gong, was built from a shell fired from the British ship ‘Helga’ which sailed from Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) on April 25th, 1916, up the river Liffey to shell the rebel-occupied Boland’s Mills, and,…

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Mark Hamill pulling pints

Jedi Master Mark Hamill Proves To Be A Master Pint Puller in Kerry

It’s not everyday that a Jedi master pulls you a pint but it happened for locals of a small pub in Co. Kerry. Luke Skywalker himself was filmed having a great time in a Kerry pub. Star Wars VII: The force Awakens filmed on Skellig Michael last year and they crew returned this month to…

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Do You Know The Two People In This 67 Year Old Photograph? It Was Lost At Dublin Airport

Old photographs can be very precious and losing one can cause grief. One unlucky person left this photograph behind in Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport last week. Can you help return it? The photograph was left at the security check in Terminal 1. It is of two children and on the back of it there’s…

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