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Chance find sheds new light on Irish settlers


A chance discovery has shown that hunter-gatherer tribes were living in Ireland hundreds of years earlier than was previously thought. In 2009, Elaine O’Malley from Co Clare was walking along Fanore Beach in the Burren area when she discovered a midden – a place where nomad hunters would cook their …

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Cathal Brugha – Irish revolutionary and politician


Cathal Brugha was an Irish nationalist and a  key figure in the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. He also held positions in the Irish parliament, and was the first Chairman of Dáil Éireann. He took the anti-treaty side in the Irish Civil War …

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Thomas Barnardo – Irish founder of Barnardo's charity

Thomas John Barnardo - Irish founder of Barnardo's charity

Thomas John Barnardo was an Irish doctor who set up the world famous Barnardo’s charity providing help and care for homeless children across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. He began the charity in 1866 and it has since grown into a multi-million pound project providing more than 900 services …

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