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Copy of Proclamation of Irish Republic sold for €124,000

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Easter Proclamation of 1916. The rebellions inspired the Irish song 'Foggy Dew'
Easter Proclamation

An original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic has been sold at auction for €124,000. It is thought to be one of only 50 out of 2,500 original copies to still exist.

The document is one of the most important in Irish political history.

Michael Collins’ Hair to be donated to Museum

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A lock of hair from Irish revolutionary leader, Michael Collins, is to be donated to the National Museum of Ireland.

Michael Collins Irish revolutionary leader in Easter Uprising
Michael Collins

The hair belonged to Collin’s sister until the 1950s, when she gave it to a friend. It is not known who owns the hair now but they have said that they are to donate it to the museum.

Twitter and Facebook ‘make you brainier’

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Irish scientists have published findings that will be good news for fans of Facebook and Twitter – Social media makes you more intelligent.

Social Media makes you more intelligent
Social Media

A study at Trinity College, Dublin revealed that there is a link between social interaction and intelligence.

The more people socialise, even if it is online, the more intelligent they will become.

Ancestral home of Barack Obama

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Tourists will soon have another attraction to visit in Ireland – the ancestral home of President Barack Obama.

The President’s ancestors on his mother’s side of the family came from the tiny village of Moneygall. President Obaba visited the village in 2011 and enjoyed a pint of Guinness in the local pub.

Michael Collins’ hair to be sold at auction

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A lock of hair taken from the body of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins is expected to sell for €5,000 when it is auctioned later this month.

Background information on The Easter Uprising

Michael Collins Irish revolutionary leader in Easter UprisingThe auction, which is being held by Adam’s of St Stephen’s Street Dublin, is titled ‘800 Years – Irish Political, Military and Literary History’ and takes place on April 18th.

It will include several pieces of memorabilia from Irish history including a lock of Collins’ hair. A cotton swab which was used to clean his corpse will be sold at another auction, titled: ‘Ireland’s Struggle – Irish and Republican Memorabilia’, a week later.

Ryanair want cabin crew to lose weight to save fuel

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Budget Irish airline Ryanair have revealed that they’re asking their cabin crew to shed a few pounds in a bid to save on fuel bills.

Ryanair
Ryanair

The price of jet fuel has risen dramatically in recent years and other airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have reacted by passing the cost on to their customers in the form of fuel surcharges.

Ireland to be ‘best small country in the world by 2016’

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The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to make Ireland the best small country in the world by 2016.

Enda Kenny Irish Fine Gael politician and Taoiseach
Enda Kenny

Mr Kenny was speaking at the Fine Gael Ardfheis (annual party conference) when he addressed Ireland’s recent economic crisis and outlined his plans for the future.

He said: “We will not celebrate until Ireland has reason to celebrate. Tonight, unemployment remains too high. Too many families are struggling to make ends meet. Too many worry about losing their homes. Too many of our children are still moving away.

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.

Dinny McGinney, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Dinny McGinney

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, and 56,430 who speak French.

Will Ferrell insists he’s Irish – and he’ll drive on the left!

Comedy actor Will Ferrell has spoken of his pride in his Irish roots and revealed that he would love to make a film in Ireland one day.

Will Ferrell insists he is Irish
Will Ferrell insists he is Irish

Four years ago, the Anchorman star discovered that his family changed their name to Ferrell from Farrell when they left County Longford and arrived in America. He visited the country with his father and brother to celebrate.

He is now so committed to his Irish heritage that he plans to start driving on the wrong side of the road.

Barack Obama wishes to visit Ireland

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US President Barack Obama says he enjoyed his visit to Ireland last year so much that he wants to do it all over again.

He told the Irish Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that he will be returning sometime after the Presidential Election of November 2012.