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Druid looks out

Druid looks out over Barra-Bui mountain

The Druid is a large wooden statue, opposite Molly Gallivan’s cottage, Bonane, Kenmare. It is carved from the remains of a pine tree, which has stood there for hundreds of years. The carving represents the first settlers in the area over 6000 years ago. The Druid looks out over the …

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Did You Know… Roadside Goddess

Image of the Roadside Goddess in Galway, Ireland. Copyright Ireland clling

The very impressive Roadside Goddess sculpture in Co Galway. One per cent of the cost of every new road built in Ireland has to fund a piece of art, up to a total of €64,000. Each local authority decides the theme of the art on their stretch of roads. * …

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Did You Know… Fairytale

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Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty McColl is the most played song on Irish radio every year during the Christmas period. * * * The official colour of Ireland is actually blue, not green. According to Irish folklore, families can prevent an argument over Christmas by placing …

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Did You Know… Wolfe Tone

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A statue in Bantry town centre of Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. The people of Bantry erected the statue looking out to sea… it’s to be taken as symbolic of the hope for French help, rather than a literal portrayal of where Tone was …

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Did You Know… St Patrick’s burial

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Legend has it that after St Patrick’s death, his followers couldn’t agree on where he should be buried. They placed Patrick’s body in a cart and harnessed the cart to two untamed oxen. They agreed to bury Patrick wherever the oxen stopped. The Oxen stopped at Dun Lethglaisse which is …

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Did You Know… George Washington

George Washington's troops used the password 'St Patrick' copyright Ireland Calling

George Washington’s troops used the password ‘St Patrick’ when they forced the British out of Boston on March 17th 1776. * * * The most Catholic town in the Republic of Ireland is Buncrana, Co Donegal with 94.3% of the population Catholics. The most Protestant town is Greystones, Co Wicklow …

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Did You Know… Holly

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In ancient Ireland people would put holly leaves and branches in their homes during winter. This was so the supernatural forest people would be able to come in and shelter from the cold. The custom predates Christianity although it is now a well-known Christmas tradition. * * * * * …

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