Ireland Calling’s media production team have been busy developing an extensive library of videos full of fascinating information all about Ireland.
The videos fall into several different categories, many of which will be of great interest to anyone keen to find out more about their Irish heritage.
Several of our videos tell the stories of some of the most popular Irish surnames, most of which are over 1,000 years old.
They videos start from the origins of the names, including where they came from and what they meant, right through the centuries until the present day.
Many of the names have changed considerably over time and some have famous variations that you would never have thought originated from the same source.
Take a look at this video history of the surname Murphy as an example:
For even more Irish names check out the names section of our site
Tourist attractions in Ireland
Ireland has several attractions that are famous all over the world. From natural wonders such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher to idyllic villages to bustling cities to iconic manmade structures such as the Titanic Belfast.
Ireland Calling have created a number of videos that give a little taste of what it is like up close and personal with some of these attractions.
Take a look at this video about the Giant’s Causeway:
For information about even more attractions check out the tourism section of our site
Many festivals that are celebrated all over the world today actually originated with the ancient Celts.
For example the modern day Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, while the Yule festival eventually became Christmas.
Many other modern festivals such as Easter and harvest festival can be traced back to the Celts.
Take a look at this video on the festival of Samhain for an example:
See our Celtic Festivals section for more information
Ireland boosts some of the greatest writers of all time.
People such as Thomas Moore and Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote beautiful poetry that has resonated with people throughout the generations.
At Ireland Calling we have created videos that set some of their most popular poems to idyllic footage of Ireland or beautiful Celtic music.
Take a look at the video for The Meeting of the Waters by Thomas Moore for an example
See our poems section for more information
The quotes section has examples of some of the great Irish wit, inspiration, moving sentiments and down to earth common sense.
Take a look at this video on inspirational quotes:
See our quotes section for more information
There are a number of poplar Irish blessings that can help people through tough times or just make them feel better on any given day.
Take a look at this video of the blessing ‘may the Road Rise Up to Meet You’ as an example:
Do you qualify to become an Irish citizen?There are three main ways for a person to qualify for Irish citizenship – through birth, through marriage or civil partnership or through naturalisation. Check if you qualify for Irish citizenship
Did you know?Fans of Game of Thrones can soon visit some of the key filming locations in Northern Ireland, in a move that will provide a huge tourism boost for the area. Find out more.
Have you heard about…A two-minute film from showcases Irish dancing in all its glory. It sees Cork trio Kieran Hardiman, Alan Kenefick and Ciaran Plummer performing their perfectly choreographed routine around the grounds of University College Cork. Find out more.
What about this…Female Irish warrior Grainne Ni Mhaile, or Grace O’Malley is one of the most colourful characters in Irish history. Born around 1530, she was a Pirate Queen and became a constant thorn in the side of British Queen Elizabeth I. Find out more.