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Born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford / University of Limerick Graduate / Computer Programmer / Allotment Lover / Photographer / Massive Traditional Irish Music Fan / Potato Lover / Irish Mythology Enthusiast / Whiskey Collector and Connoisseur. I built The Irish Place to share my love of the culture I grew up in. My hope is that those with Irish ancestry and can learn about their heritage... and all those planning to visit the beautiful landscapes of the Emerald Isle, with its rich and ancient culture can quench their thirst for knowledge here. Feel free to get in touch. I read every email! Sláinte
The Reliquary and Altar for St Valentine in Dublin - The Irish Place

The History of St Valentine and St Valentine’s Day

The history behind the way we celebrate St Valentine and St Valentine's Day started long ago in the days of ancient Rome. Back then,...
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...
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...
What's the differnce between Irish Whiskey and Scotch Whisky? - The Irish Place

The Difference Between Scotch and Whiskey

What is the difference between Scotch and Whiskey? This is a question often asked by whiskey enthusiasts who wonder just how similar these two...
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...

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