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Clumps of Mistletoe growing on trees - The Irish Place

Christmas Mistletoe: The Underlying Celtic Traditions

Almost everyone associates the beautiful mistletoe plant with Christmas. Alongside holly, it is synonymous with the festive season and is commonly associated with stealing...
Salmon of Knowledge

The Celtic Salmon of Knowledge and Fionn

The Salmon of Knowledge that lived in the River Boyne is a legendary animal that comes from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology and...
The ruins of the Cistercian Monastery at Jerpoint

Jerpoint Abbey and its Cistercian Monks

Jerpoint Abbey is located just over two and half kilometres west of Thomastown in County Kilkenny, and is an important national monument, which has...
Buses in Dublin

Public Transport in Ireland: Tips and Hints

Public transport in Ireland is cost-effective and efficient, meaning that it often represents the best means of exploring the island. Many travellers prefer the independence...
retiring in ireland

Considerations for Retiring in Ireland

If you are thinking of retiring in Ireland, there is a great deal of information that you will need to take on board before...
The Treaty Stone

The Treaty Stone of Limerick

The Treaty Stone in Limerick, widely believed to be the setting for the signing of the Treaty of Limerick, is hugely significant in Irish...
Tobernalt Holy Well

10 Key Guidelines for Visiting Sacred Sites

No visit to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to some of the country's religious sacred sites. For many tourists, in fact, one...
The ruins of Killilagh Church in Doolin, Co. Clare.

Conserving Killilagh Church and Doolin’s Historic Monuments

The parish of Killilagh is located in the north-west corner of the Barony of Corcomroe in County Clare, Ireland. A small and sparsely populated parish,...
Irish Barmbrack traditionally baked for Halloween - The Irish Place

Barmbrack: A Taste of Irish Halloween

To find the roots of Halloween in Ireland, and the traditional eating of delicious barmbrack bread, we need to travel back to Celtic times...
Precursor to the carved Pumpkin, a Turnip - The Irish Place

Samhain and the Legend of Jack O’Lantern

Samhain was a pagan festival dating from Celtic times in Ireland. It is referenced in some of the country's very earliest literature and has many...
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