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Child skeletons offer ‘unique insight’ of life in Famine workhouses

In 2014, historians in Ireland discovered more about the horrifying reality for mothers and children during the ‘Great Famine’.

They believe many mothers gave their babies food they should have eaten themselves, thereby hastening their own death.

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Dancing Lifestyle

Wonderful Irish dance video from 1972

Here is a delightful video of a man and woman performing and Irish jig in 1972.

Irish dancing has become a hugely popular pastime for people of all ages over the past 20 years.

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British Army was ‘40% Irish’ in Battle of Waterloo

When people think of Ireland’s military history, they often think of rebellions against the British and men such as Theobald Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins.

There are countless more Irish men who fought for independence, and many of them are now celebrated as national heroes.

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Genealogy Lifestyle

St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life

St Patrick’s Day is a major event for people of Irish heritage around the world. Each year, people celebrate with a few pints of Guinness and traditional Irish music.

The commercialisation of the festival in recent years has made it is easy to forget the real significance of the patron saint of Ireland, and the impact that he had on the country.

St Patrick’s Breastplate – how the hymn saved his life

One popular hymn that is sung in churches today is St Patrick’s Breastplate. There is an incredible story behind the hymn, based on a key event in St Patrick’s life. It took place on May 1st 433AD when he began his march on Ireland.

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Easter Widows: explosive book on marriages of executed rebels

Easter Widows is an explosive book that challenges the perceptions about the romantic lives of the Irish rebels executed in the Easter Rising.

The Rising was one of the key events in the history of Ireland. Easter Widows: Seven Irish Women Who Lived in the Shadow of the 1916 Rising is written by historian Sinéad McCoole, who spent two decades researching and studying the lives of the executed rebels and their wives.

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Ginger Lifestyle

‘Ginger gene’ could keep you looking young

Scientists believe the ‘ginger gene’ could be key to a study on why some people keep their youthful appearance as they get older.

Images of more than two and a half thousand faces were judged to assess how old people looked and then the DNA of those that appeared younger than they actually were was studied. All the evidence pointed to the MC1R gene – which is the gene responsible for skin pigmentation and hair colour.

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Genealogy Lifestyle

Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla – updated Irish-English dictionary

Tá grá mór againn d’Éirinn…we love Ireland but that Irish language can be difficult no matter how hard we try.

This can be frustrating if you’re a student swatting up for exams or people of Irish heritage trying to discover more about their roots and geneaology.

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Speeding fine…how quick thinking helped an old man avoid a ticket

Speeding fine stories emerge from time to time on the comedy circuit and social media but we haven’t come across one quite as clever as this when it comes to getting yourself out of trouble and avoiding a ticket.

Old man in flashy car avoids speeding fine

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Dancing Lifestyle

A video history of Irish dancing throughout the last 70 years

A YouTube video has captured the history of Irish dancing from the 1950s through to the present day.

It features long forgotten performances of dances that took place just for fun in local community halls long before Irish dancing became the huge industry it is today.

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Cork statue pays tribute to Choctaw tribe’s generosity during Irish Famine

A sculpture was built in Cork to pay tribute to the generosity of the Native American Indian Choctaw tribe during the Irish famine.

‘Kindred Spirits’ is a structure made up of nine giant stainless steel eagle feathers, and is a mark of gratitude and friendship between the Irish and Choctaw people.