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Fairytale Irish property could be your dream home – take the tour

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This Co Offaly home looks like something out of a fairytale, with its thatched roof and medieval round tower.

The beautiful property was recently put on the market with an asking price of €395,000.

How Ireland protects its harp and shamrock emblems…take care if using them

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The harp and the shamrock are such common symbols of Ireland that you might be forgiven for thinking that any old Tom, Dick or Harry could stick them on their logo when setting up a new business.

Not so, the Irish government is very keen to protect them and has a department devoted to ensuring they are not abused.

Saoirse Ronan stars in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl video

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The video for Ed Sheeran’s traditional Irish music inspired song ‘Galway Girl’ features a number of Irish stars.

The song, which features on Sheeran’s mega-selling album ÷, is already a favourite around the world and people love the Saoirse Ronan starring video.

Take a look inside renovated Quarry Master’s house from Famine era

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A house that was built during the Great Hunger in a bid to bring famine relief to starving workers was put up for sale in 2019.

The property, in Co Cork, is called ‘Red Lodge’ and was built around 1845. It was initially home to the Quarry Master in charge of building the causeways to Inchydoney.

British actress reveals Graham Norton joke ‘tipped her over the edge’

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British actress Sheridan Smith spoke out against Graham Norton over a joke he made at her expense when she was suffering a difficult time.

The TV star said Norton’s swipe “tipped her over the edge” as she was struggling with her mental health.

Fleetwood Mac star and son use their Irish heritage to get Irish passports

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The newest member of global superstars Fleetwood Mac is an Irish citizen – despite being from the other side of the world.

Neil Finn is best known as the songwriter of Crowded House, who have had several world-wide hits over the years.

Kevin Costner reveals his long-held wish to make a movie about Irish hero Michael Collins

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Movie legend Kevin Costner has revealed he wants to make a film about the ‘Greatest ever Irishman’ Michael Collins.

The Bodyguard star used to live in Ireland and has a keen interest in Irish history and is fascinated by the life of the ‘Big Fella’.

Kevin Costner

He has wanted to make a movie about Collins for years. He was considered for the role of Collins for the 1996 Neil Jordan movie but the part ultimately went to Liam Neeson.

While, Costner missed out, he admits it wasn’t quite the type of movie he envisioned anyway. Speaking to Joe.ie – ahead of the release of his movie ‘The Highwaymen’ –  he revealed he would like to tell the story of the War of Independence leader his way.

He said: “I wanted to make the Michael Collins story, I still do. I know it was made by another director (Neil Jordan) but that’s not the story I was going to make. I love the epic notion of Michael Collins. I’d still like to make that movie someday.

“I found him to be an incredible person that was compromised by politics. His story is coming up more and more now. He was a dynamic person that was caught in politics. For me, Michael Collins is a large reason why I lived in Ireland.”

Indeed, while preparing for the role that never came in 1996, Costner moved to Ireland, where he lived in West Cork and studied Collins’ life.

It led to a script being written by Eoghan Harris, which Costner described as being epic and iconic, resembling an Irish version of Lawrence Of Arabia.

He said: “There was a final line in the script that said ‘God Ireland, I love you’ and that was his final line in it.  While it’s a fictitious line in the movie, I think it encapsulated who he was.

“That always affected me. I thought the script from Eoghan Harris was just superior. It was an epic. It was like a real Lawrence Of Arabia look at Collins.”

Take a look at the video below.

Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling

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Concerned mother asks if anti-Irish lines should be removed from son’s school play

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A concerned mother has divided opinion in the online community by questioning whether she should ask for some offensive dialogue to be removed from her son’s school production of Bugsy Malone.

The mother posted the question on Mumsnet after she saw the script for her son’s role in the play.

Guest sends spoon back to hotel with delightful poem

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A hotel in Wexford got a brilliant review from one of its guests in the form of a poem sent through the post along with one of their spoons that had accidentally been taken.

Catherine Leggett enjoyed a pleasant stay in the Talbot Hotel Wexford before returning home to Cork.

Wedding couple create handy guide translating ‘Irish English’ to ‘American English’

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When an American man married an Irish lady in Ireland in 2017, the happy couple made sure they were prepared for everything.

That included making sure that the American guests who made the long journey would be able to understand everything that was being said.