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Samhain: The Celtic Origin of Halloween

October 23, 2015

Halloween is now a huge international and commercial holiday. But did you know it has its origins as a millennias-old Celtic festival called Samhain? The festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest and also the start of winter, with its long nights. The importance of this time has been recognised since pre-Christian times […]

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Small Change Disappears Next Week As Bills Get Rounded Up And Down

October 20, 2015

From next week, October 28 shops across Ireland will start rounding change to the nearest 5 cent. 1c and 2c coins are small and fiddly and from next week you will see fewer of them in use. At that date shops will start a voluntary scheme where your final bill will be rounded up or […]

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Llama Wanders Around Offaly – And Then Disappears

October 6, 2015

A llama was spotted wandering the roads of Offaly on Monday morning. The animal was reported by James Hayden near the village of Rahan. He tweeted a picture of it to AA Roadwatch @aaroadwatch Loose llama near Rahan pic.twitter.com/7my1kSdb6I — James Hayden (@jamesahayden) October 5, 2015 The animal then disappeared and has not been reported […]

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Have You Seen Yuyu Abe? He’s Trying To Drink A Pint In Every Pub In Dublin!

October 5, 2015

A mysterious figure has been spotted travelling Dublin and drinking a Guinness in each and every pub. Yuya Abe came to attention when he visited Slattery’s. They were so impressed with his quest that they posted about him on their Facebook page. Being decent sorts they also gave him his pint for free. From what […]

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Sky Sports Reclaim Dublin For England

October 2, 2015

British sports commentators have a long history of claiming Irish successes as British. But this time they’ve taken the biscuit and claimed Dublin as English! Announcing the GAA All Star nominations the Sky Sports announcer declared Dublin to be All-England champions. That’s right he didn’t even claim them to be British but English! See for […]

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Irish Scientist Finds Parts Of Mars That Look Like Ireland – And That Proves There Was Flowing Water!

October 1, 2015

This week NASA announced they had proof that water flows on Mars. Today an Irish scientist provided more proof – from parts of Mars that look like Irish landscape. Dr Colman Gallagher, of the UCD School of Geography, and Open University planetary science researcher Dr Matthew Balme have identified eskers emerging from a degraded glacier […]

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Letterkenny Is The Tidiest Town In Ireland

September 29, 2015

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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Ireland Has The Highest Emigration In The OECD

September 25, 2015

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

September 25, 2015

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

September 24, 2015

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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