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Did the Irish reach America before Columbus?

Irish reached America before Columbus. Image copyright Ireland Calling

While Christopher Columbus is credited with being the first European to discover America, there are many scholars who believe there may have already been Irish people living there. A book that was published in 1526, just 34 years after Columbus arrived in America, provides compelling evidence that this may be …

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Meryl Streep invited to visit Irish relative

Meryl Streep invited to visit Irish relative. Photo copyright Andreas Tai CC3

Hollywood legend Meryl Streep has been invited to Ireland to stay with a long lost relative who has recently discovered their family connection. The discovery was made by genealogy company Eneclann. Eneclann were also the company that discovered that US President Barack Obama had Irish ancestry.

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Farrell haunted by turning a fan on to drugs

Colin Farrell haunted by turning a fan on to drugs. Photo copyright Tony Shek CC3

Hollywood star Colin Farrell has spoken of his regret that an interview in which he admitted taking heroin later influenced one of his fans to start taking drugs. In 2004, Farrell told Playboy magazine that he had taken heroin, saying: “it seemed like a good idea at the time”.

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Ireland targets tourists with Irish heritage

The Irish Government is urging people to invite and entice friends and relatives around the world with Irish roots and connections to visit Ireland. They hope to attract an extra 325,000 tourists next year, a figure that would help in the country’s economic revival.

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Irish is only the third most used language in Ireland

Irish has dropped down to third in the list of the languages most spoken in Ireland, according to the 2011 Census. The census showed that English is the most used language and Polish is now the second most used. There are 119,526 people who speak Polish as their first language, …

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